Tag Archives: private health insurance

Ian McAuley, Jennifer Doggett and John Menadue. The case for government funding of healthcare.

In our joint submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit, we drew attention to the fact that by international comparison, Australia is a low-taxed country. Furthermore, the trend in Commonwealth expenditures has been downwards since … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Ian McAuley, Jennifer Doggett and John Menadue. The case for government funding of healthcare.

Repost: We all see our doctor too much; and it’s not just the aged. John Menadue

The media have been discussing a proposal to impose a $5 or $6 levy for GP visits. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of times we each see our GP. It needs addressing, but not with a … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Health, Politics | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

Repost: Health care and the budget deficit in the US. Joint blog John Menadue and Ian McAuley

Repost for holiday reading. The political obstacles to these two major problems for President Obama are real and confusing. But the arithmetic is quite clear. If the US had a health service like those in countries without heavy reliance on … Continue reading

Posted in Health | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Repost: Health care and the budget deficit in the US. Joint blog John Menadue and Ian McAuley

Well-paid jobs or welfare? John Menadue

The Abbott Government’s confusion over Holden’s withdrawal from Australia reflects a much deeper hostility to the car industry. The main reason for this is that the car industry is highly unionised, pays good wages and has a high degree of … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Politics | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Well-paid jobs or welfare? John Menadue

Taunting Holden to leave. John Menadue

It has been quite remarkable to see Joe Hockey daring and taunting Holden to close. He apparently chose to take advantage of Tony Abbott’s absence in South Africa to show off his “dry” credentials and burnish his leadership aspirations. Having … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Politics | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Taunting Holden to leave. John Menadue

Government failure in health care. John Menadue and guest blogger Ian McAuley

We have little to see for six years of “reform” under the Rudd/Gillard Governments. What was that about ending the blame game in health? It has been mainly muddling through with hopes dashed for significant reform in many key areas … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Politics | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Government failure in health care. John Menadue and guest blogger Ian McAuley

Taiwan shows the way in health insurance. John Menadue

I have spoken and written many times about the inefficiency and inequity of the taxpayer subsidy of $3.5 billion annually to the private health insurance funds in Australia. These funds favour the wealthy; enable some people to jump to the … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Politics | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Cricket – Junk food and BUPA

I used to be a grafted-on cricket watcher. But I am being weaned off. One reason is that there is so much cricket on TV that the quality suffers. I mostly turn off the audio and although the camera work … Continue reading

Posted in Health | Tagged , , | 2 Comments