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The Health Wrap: Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs; racism is unhealthy; health-environment ties; tobacco tussles

By Kellie Bisset   Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs The release of the COAG Reform Council’s final health report could not have been more timely, given the ongoing Budget fallout and debate around the proposed $7 co-payment. Newly elected AMA president Dr Brian Owler said the report, which showed that 12% of people in disadvantaged [...]

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As VACCHO launches petition against co-payments, the Consumers Health Forum critiques the medical research fund

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Aboriginal Health Organisation (VACCHO) has launched an online petition asking Senators to block the $7 copayment on GP visits and medical tests. The petition says: ·  Imposing a $7 Medicare co-payment on Doctor visits and medical tests (e.g. blood tests, ultrasounds, x-rays) will be bad for the health of all Australians but more so [...]

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When pictures speak a thousand words: injecting some values and health policy priorities into the federal election debate

(This post was updated on 15 Aug with additional word clouds added at the bottom of the post, thanks to Ben Harris-Roxas). We can blame the media and our political leaders for the uninspiring nature of so much political debate. Or we can try to change the conversations… Below are two word clouds from Croakey [...]

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A rather large wrap of health news from the Federal Budget – and some mixed reaction

This post offers an overview of health-related news from the Budget and a wrap of reaction. Here are links to: • Health and Ageing Budget statements • A table giving a quick overview of health spends and cuts • Ministerial press releases • Closing the Gap press release • The Treasurer’s speech ***

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Where is the leadership on health research and climate change?

Alarm bells are ringing right around the world on climate change (see some of the most recent examples at the bottom of this post). But does the health and medical research sector have its thumbs jammed firmly in its ears? In the article below, Dr Elizabeth Haworth, Dr Brad Farrant and Fiona Armstrong lament a [...]

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Health sector wish-lists: a pre-Budget round-up

With less than a week to go before the Federal Budget 2013, the leaks and rumours (and rumours about leaks) are increasing and speculation about possible new funding measures is mounting. The following analysis looks at the main items on the wish-lists of eight peak health groups and identifies key issues on which there is [...]

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Don’t bury the benefits of research to improve the health system

Professor Stephen Leeder writes: If you missed the release of the McKeon review on Friday you’re not alone. The Commonwealth government released theStrategic Review of Health and Medical Research just before the weekend – a time usually reserved for reports the government would rather bury – and it barely got a mention in the mainstream media. [...]

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McKeon Review – consumer role revisited

What a difference a few months and a few outraged submissions from consumer groups can make! The Final Report of the McKeon Review into Health and Medical Research (HMR) is a very different beast from the Consultation Paper circulated for comment last October, at least in its recognition of the role of consumers in the [...]

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As energy policy threatens our health, who cares about the children? (And some healthy reading on climate change)

Australia’s reliance on carbon intensive energy systems and failure to develop renewable energy sources is a critical health concern, according to a briefing paper prepared for a Health and Energy Policy roundtable meeting in Canberra tomorrow. The paper (which can be downloaded from the Climate and Health Alliance website) argues that energy policy has failed [...]

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The latest wrap of health news from Croakey contributors

Croakey readers are welcome to sign up for (rather irregular) summaries of posts. If you’d like to join the mailing list, please send your email or leave it below. Here is the latest compilation, covering articles posted between 3 September, 2012 and 10 January, 2013. As always, thanks are due to the many contributors who [...]

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