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Proposals for health budget savings

It’s fair to say that Peter Dutton has one of the more difficult jobs in Federal Parliament – particularly at the moment, with just over a month to go before the Federal Budget.  Under pressure from a Treasurer desperate to deliver Budget savings, the Health Minister will need to offer up something in his rapidly [...]

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Why aren’t governments tougher on private health insurers?

When considering whether to approve increases in private health insurance premiums, the Government should prioritise the interests of policy holders rather than the industry’s shareholders, suggests one health policy analyst. “William Foggin” writes: It is that time of year.  The cricket season is over, and the AFL is getting under way.  And private health insurance [...]

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Private insurance reliance means countries pay more for health care

Ian McAuley writes: Ahead of the May budget, health minister Peter Dutton has said he wants to start “a national conversation about modernising and strengthening Medicare”. A national conversation would be welcome, but is that what the government really intends? Or are we simply being softened up for an expansion of private health insurance? If so, the government [...]

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Dutton signals major Medicare reform

In his first major speech on his vision for health reform (to CEDA) and follow-up interview on the ABC’s 7.30 Report, Health Minister Peter Dutton has signalled major changes to the Australian health system, including an increasing role for private health insurance and the private sector, a broad cost-cutting agenda and a focus on preventable and ‘lifestyle-related’ [...]

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Some 30th birthday wishes for Medicare

Plenty of thoughtful birthday wishes are on offer for Medicare, which officially turns 30 tomorrow (1 February). However, as public policy analyst John Menadue points out, the origins of our national health insurance scheme can be traced back to the Whitlam Government’s 1974 passage of Medibank legislation, and before that to a seminal meeting one [...]

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GP visit co-payment proposal “puts most vulnerable and primary prevention at risk”

After months of quiet on the health front in the wake of the federal election, health policy debate lit up like a Christmas tree over the festive season in response to the announcement by Health Minister Peter Dutton of the review of Medicare Locals and his surprise flagging of the possibility of co-payments for bulk-billed [...]

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The role of private health insurance in chronic disease management

The prevention and management of chronic disease is one of the biggest challenges facing our health system. Potential solutions often focus on the public health system but private health insurance has also played a role in this area since 2007, when then Health Minister Tony Abbott introduced some reform measures to give insurers incentives to [...]

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Experts investigate the challenges facing our health system

Australia’s health system faces many challenges, including waste and inefficiency, structural imbalances between public and private health insurance, and increasing supply and demand, according to speakers at a recent symposium in Canberra. One of the questions underlying the event’s discussions seems to have been: are we better off investing efforts in system and financing reform [...]

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A briefing for the next Federal Government: how to improve access to palliative care

The need for greater support and care for people dying at home, and for greater investment in the aged care workforce was highlighted at the 12th Australian Palliative Care Conference in Canberra yesterday. Experts also called for an end to the funding silos of aged and palliative care, and for more consumer, family and carer engagement in [...]

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Dutton vs Plibersek: Croakey readers put the questions

At the National Press Club today Peter Dutton and Tanya Plibersek go head-to-head on health policy.  Croakey readers have suggested the following questions as ones they would like answered during the debate – journalists looking for some hard-hitting questions should feel free to pick up any of the following for the question time session after the [...]

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