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Health reform coalition warns that predicted budget changes are unhealthy

This statement was issued yesterday by the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance. Fair and equal access is an essential quality of our health system There seems to be a real danger that decisions to be made in the forthcoming Federal Budget may result in a less equitable health system. This would be a disastrous consequence [...]

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Predictions about demise of Medicare Locals are not good news for health or healthcare costs

The Federal Budget is looking like bad news for Medicare Locals – and this means bad news for the community’s health and the future of healthcare costs, says health policy analyst Jennifer Doggett. Below her article are links to recommended reading on recent health policy news – and some Twitter reaction to today’s headlines. Jennifer [...]

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Some questions about the new investments in diabetes care

Will we be able to tell if an increased investment in diabetes care is improving patients’ health? Only if we have meaningful data collection systems in place, suggests this latest update from the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service. *** Will diabetes projects deliver value for money? Katrina Erny-Albrecht writes: Diabetes is clearly on [...]

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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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