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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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TPP update: Talks stall as concern grows

Last week Dr Deb Gleeson updated us on her plans to attend the final meeting of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in order to continue raising concerns about the impact of the agreement on health in Australia and other nations.  Yesterday she tweeted the following: “URGENT NEWS FROM SINGAPORE: Australia has caved in to US [...]

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Weighing up the Coalition’s health policy (and finding it pretty light-on)

When weighing up the various election policies through a health lens, some of the most important issues to consider are: 1. How do the policies address climate change, the major public health issue that we – as Australians, as the planet – are facing? 2. How are health inequalities addressed? Is there an explicit commitment [...]

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War on drugs: campaign against Pharmacy Guild PBS claims

Three major health, consumer and social sector groups have joined together in a campaign to highlight the high prices paid for prescription medicines in Australia. The Consumers Health Forum of Australia, CHOICE and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) are calling on consumers to put pressure on MPs and candidates for the coming federal [...]

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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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The decision to recommend PBS listing for RU486 is a significant advance in Australian women’s reproductive health care

Professor Caroline de Costa, from the James Cook University School of Medicine, and Dr Michael Carrette were the first clinicians in Australia to prescribe RU486, having pioneered the Authorised Prescriber approach. Below they provide insight into the implications of last week’s important decision to recommend PBS listing for RU486. The decision, announced last Friday by [...]

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Fixing Australia’s bad drug deal could save $1.3 billion a year

Stephen Duckett, Health Program Director at the Grattan Institute, writes: The Commonwealth could save A$1.3 billion each year by reforming the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), according to a report released today by the Grattan Institute. The report, Australia’s bad drug deal, shows that if the PBS simply paid prices for drugs that many Australian public [...]

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Pradaxa: Not so bleeding obvious

    The decision to delay further the introduction of subsidies for the anti-stroke drug, Pradaxa,  puts Australia at odds with the rest of the developed world. It also raises questions about the Government’s handling of Australia’s widely-respected Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, (PBAC). It was that committee which 18 months ago recommended that the new [...]

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Health experts excluded while Big Pharma calls the tune – Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in Auckland this week

Deborah Gleeson, from La Trobe University, describes how international civil society stakeholders, including public health experts, have been excluded from the venue for all but one day of controversial trade negotiations in Auckland this week. We have gathered in Auckland to talk to the negotiators about our concerns regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a [...]

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Recent posts from the Parliamentary Library

The Parliamentary Library has recently published a number of posts on their blog, FlagPost, that might be of interest to Croakey readers. Short extracts and hyperlinks have been included below. Thanks to the Parliamentary Library for allowing cross-posting. Competitive constraints in private health insurance raised – but broader debate needed by Amanda Biggs Competition in [...]

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