Wasteful costs in health.

Following the ABC Four Corners program on health costs in Australia, there have been a number of very good follow up articles.

The first, in The Conversation on 29 September is by Ray Moynihan ‘Costly and harmful: we need to tame the tsunami of too much medicine’.

https://theconversation.com/costly-and-harmful-we-need-to-tame-the-tsunami-of-too-much-medicine-48239

The second, in the AFR on 5 October, is by Neil Soderlund, Sam Stewart and Jan Willem Kuenen is entitled ‘Why overtreatment is costing Aussies $30 billion per year and how to fix it’.

http://www.afr.com/opinion/why-overtreatment-is-costing-aussies-30-billion-per-year-and-how-to-fix-it-20151005-gk1ktn

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Lynne Newington

Not quite on topic but relevant, I’ve often wondered why there isn’t compulsory ambulance cover, when you consider it’s only $43.80 yearly for singles and $87.60 for families, for pensioners it could be taken out of their pensions. Imagine how much it would save whilst ensuring those employed by the service received a decent wage.