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Marching doctors

It’s often said that if you don’t know history, you are cursed to repeat it. Consumer health advocate Martyn Goddard has been around long enough to remember the last time that doctors were up in arms and marching in the streets against a conservative government. It’s a tale that might usefully refresh the memory of [...]

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New paper offers alternatives to co-payment and rebate cuts

The announcement by Health Minister Sussan Ley that she has abandoned the planned Medicare rebate cut, flagged by her predecessor Peter Dutton, and is going to “pause, listen and consult” with the health sector and cross-benchers makes both political and policy sense.  The rebate cut was unlikely to pass the Senate and had been widely [...]

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The “Inverse Care Rule” still rules in Dentistry in Australia

In the second of two articles on dental education contributed to Croakey, leading Australian dental academics look at the “Inverse Care Rule” and how it applies to dentistry.  The first article in the series on dental education priorities and equity in dental care can be read here. *** Professors Estie Kruger and Marc Tennant write: [...]

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Budget revenue/savings ideas beyond GST on food: GST on private health, insurance, pay private hospitals not private insurers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is still saying there will be no changes to the GST in this term of government, but given we’ve heard the odd broken promise before, it’s fair to say the issue needs a close watch, particularly as the Federal Government struggles with its next Budget. Changes to the GST got another, [...]

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Federal Govt faces doctors rallying in waiting rooms, streets over Medicare co-payment Plan B

The Federal Government is facing the prospect of doctors marching on the streets against its latest Medicare package – possibly ahead of the Queensland state election on January 31 where health cuts are already on the agenda. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) yesterday signalled it was launching a campaign to put a stop to the [...]

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Dental education in Australia “at a turning point”: how to sustain quality improvement?

This post below is the first of two contributed to Croakey by leading Australian dental academics, looking at both dental education priorities and equity in dental care. The second part can be read here. *** Professors Estie Kruger,  Laurie Walsh and Marc Tennant write: Dental education accreditation: What is needed to sustain quality improvement for [...]

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New year, same approach: implications of the Fed Govt’s confidence trick on Medicare

Much happened on the health front in the closing weeks of 2014, not least with the appointment of a new Health Minister Sussan Ley. See some interim advice to the new Minister and judgements on the contributions of former Minister Peter Dutton from Croakey contributors. The Federal Government also finally came up with a Plan [...]

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Widening the gap: if they complain, who will hear them? On the loss of IRIS to remote communities

The Federal Government’s Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) this week brought more bad news for health agencies and programs, at home and internationally. There was also much concern that the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) will cease operations at the end of this year. In the post below, David Russell, Director of [...]

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Australia’s first Physician Assistant graduates hold promise to better health care access

Today has been a landmark day in Australian health, particularly for rural and regional areas, with the country’s first graduation of a cohort of bachelor degree trained physician assistants from James Cook University. Croakey has published a number of reports – see this one and the links below - on the benefits of physician assistants, and the [...]

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Tony Abbott’s Medicare “deforms” or How to Trick Senators 1.01

The Federal Government’s co-payments Plan B will add another layer of co-payment complexity to the Medicare system that neither doctors nor patients fully understand now. That raises a whole range of issues around unintended consequences, particularly for patients but also for our system, which has prompted this appeal to the Senate to learn from what’s [...]

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