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The real agenda: Privatisation and safety nets, not co-payments

Today Associate Professor Brian Owler, President of the AMA, made the news with his speech at the National Press Club expressing the concerns that the AMA holds regarding the federal budget and the current vision of future health services. Dr Tim Woodruff, Vice President of the Doctors Reform Society, has a somewhat different take on [...]

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Will there be a Royal Commission into premature deaths caused by the Federal Budget?

Professor Peter Brooks, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne writes: Imagine the future: HEADLINE STORY FROM THE NEW AGE NEWSPAPER MARCH 10TH 2025 ‘ABBOTT AND HOCKEY APPEAR BEFORE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO PREMATURE DEATHS CAUSED BY THE FALLOUT OF THE 2014 BUDGET’ “Ex PM Tony Abbott and ex Treasurer Joe Hockey faced rigorous [...]

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Abbott’s Medicare reforms – today’s crime is tomorrow’s co-payment

(Note from Croakey: A correction to this post was made on July 22; correcting mention of “Justice Murphy” to “Justice Kirby” in the 2nd last paragraph.) The GP co-payment remains a hot topic. This week ABC news online flagged that the legal process for introducing the $7 GP copayment may not be straight forward, and [...]

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More bad news on the GP co-payment: BEACH study

In case you needed more evidence that the GP co-payment needs some further consideration, researchers at the University of Sydney have released has released a new study  on the estimated impact of co- payments, and the results provide interesting reading. Estimated impact of proposed GP, pathology and imaging co-payments for Medicare services, and the increased [...]

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The Health Wrap: nutrition news; research milestones; prescribing problems

What’s new in public health? Following a drop in public health expenditure by OECD nations during the global financial crisis, spending is beginning to gather pace again, according to an article on Public Finance International website. In Australia, there is some good news emerging from an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Ross Gittins wrote [...]

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GP co-payment would increase emergency department wait times

Mark Mackay, Campbell Thompson, Dale Ward, David Green, Don Campbell, Geoff McDonnell, Leonid Churilov, Malgorzata O’Reilly, Mark Fackrell, Nigel Bean, Peter Taylor, Robert Adams, Shaowen Qin and Keith Stockman write: The introduction of a GP co-payment could see average emergency department visits increase by between six minutes and almost three hours, our modelling shows, as more [...]

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When does medical confidentiality become unjustified secrecy?

The Consumers Health Forum says Medicine Australia’s proposed new code of conduct has “failed to put in place transparency safeguards against the schmoozing of doctors to influence prescribing”. In the post below, CEO Adam Stankevicius says this is the latest step in a “disturbing trend towards unjustified and unacceptable secrecy” where the “camouflage of confidentiality” is also blocking access [...]

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GP co-payments – deregulation of the bulk billing market.

In this second of a series of posts about Medicare, Margaret Faux  looks at how perverse financial incentives, the increased financial pressure applied to pensioners and GPs and the lack of supporting infrastructure make the Federal Government’s $7 GP co-payment proposal a high risk venture.  See her first post here. *** Margaret Faux writes: The [...]

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FIFO/DIDO workers and health services in rural & remote Australia

The rapid growth in the fly-in fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in drive-out (DIDO) workforce in Australia’s rural and remote areas has been accompanied by claims that FIFO/DIDO workers, particularly miners and other resources sector workers, place substantial burdens on rural/remote health services. This latest update from the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service examines the [...]

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The Health Wrap: Big tobacco arguments; fad diets and pills; fairness, equality and human rights

Big tobacco arguments This fortnight the plain packaging debate dominated the headlines, sparked by an article published a few weeks ago by The Australian claiming industry figures showed the legislation was failing to cut smoking rates. The Australian’s figures and motives were questioned by Media Watch, but the newspaper hit back and continued to argue [...]

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