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The Health Wrap: Ebola and inequity; policy power and passion; our bodies as Temples of Doom?

                 By Kellie Bisset Ebola: a study in disadvantage More than 900 people have died in the West African Ebola epidemic from a total of just over 1700 suspected cases. Apart from awakening our latent fears of rampant infectious disease, what else does this outbreak tell us? Well, [...]

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After the “wrecking ball” budget, what hope is there for collaborative health reform efforts?

The COAG Reform Council is about to release its final report evaluating the impacts of national health reform. The report will give some insights into the state of Australians’ health and healthcare, and perhaps provide some benchmarks for future evaluations of the health impacts of the Federal Budget. However, such evaluations will be unlikely to [...]

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Look what’s missing from the latest round of primary health care reforms

In the wake of the explosion that was the Federal Budget, plenty of details have gone missing in action and may take time to surface. In the article below, health policy consultant Dr Sharon Willcox identifies some of the details that are missing from planned primary health care reforms, and also highlights some contradictions in [...]

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Welcome to Health Minister Dutton’s alternative universe – where “strengthening Medicare” means reducing access

Health Minister Peter Dutton’s expression appeared most sincere today at the National Press Club when he spoke about strengthening Medicare, which he described as “much-loved” by the public and the Government. No matter that the Budget reveals a clear lack of commitment to enhancing universal health care, as well as a distinct lack of interest, [...]

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A call to medical arms: seize the opportunity of current co-payment debate and push for real reform

The fight against the Federal Government’s proposed GP co-payment should keep an eye on the big picture and the need for serious structural reform in general practice and remuneration systems, says rural medico Dr Paul Mara. The current debate provides GPs and rural doctors with “a once in a decade” chance to re-engineer the current [...]

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The Health Wrap: A big Budget wrap; a global shared challenge; reframing Indigenous health conversations

  By Kellie Bisset   A big Budget wrap Budget night has come and gone but the impact is still reverberating. There has been much written already about the potential effects of some of the budget measures and no doubt there will be more, as protests take place across the country, and unhappy state and [...]

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A Croakey #longread: Localism – a way forward

This week we will learn much about the current government’s vision for the health system through the federal budget. Amongst the revelations will be the future of Medicare Locals.  Many thanks to David Briggs, Chair of the New England Medicare Local,  for allowing us to republish his editorial on localism from the Asia Pacific Journal [...]

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GP co-payments: a triple fail for the Commission of Audit

Stephen Duckett writes: The Commission of Audit’s proposals about GP co-payments are just that, proposals. They are not government policy, nor should they be. Some aspects of the Commission’s recommendations are good. But the centrepiece is a fundamental change to Medicare. All Australians are covered by Medicare, with about half having top-up private insurance. Until now, Medicare has been a [...]

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Calls for greater investment in Aboriginal community controlled health sector

As previously reported at Croakey, an Indigenous health Twitter fest will be held on Thursday, May 1, using the hashtag #IHMayDay to enable a wide-ranging discussion at a time of funding uncertainty. In a recent article worth reading in full, Professor Ian Ring, a professorial fellow at the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the [...]

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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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