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Will #COAG calls for new focus on primary care, keeping people out of hospital mean reform goes beyond GST, Medicare levy hikes?

Will #COAG calls for new focus on primary care, keeping people out of hospital mean reform goes beyond GST, Medicare levy hikes?

‘Frankly, if we can have a conversation rather than a scare campaign, our country will be so much better off,’ said Prime Minister Tony Abbott as the 40th Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting wound up on Thursday. Chance would be a fine thing perhaps – particularly with lifting the rate of the GST and […]

The Good GP never stops learning: the RACGP video that made doctors cry – and patient advocates wince

The Good GP never stops learning: the RACGP video that made doctors cry – and patient advocates wince

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has launched a promotional video as part of a community awareness campaign – and the early reviews are mixed, particularly depending on which side of the consulting desk you sit and how you feel about diversity and gender issues. Thanks very much to GP Dr Edwin Kruys for […]

The Health Wrap: A budget health check; medical school war of words; eyes on Ebola; pharmacy deal dispensed; all things equal

The Health Wrap: A budget health check; medical school war of words; eyes on Ebola; pharmacy deal dispensed; all things equal

                This week’s Health Wrap is compiled by my colleague Megan Howe, the Sax Institute’s Publications Manager. Enjoy the Wrap and tweet us via @medicalmedia or @meghowe68 if you have any ideas for future issues. By Megan Howe A budget health check The Federal Budget’s impact on health […]

Memo to Canberra: How are other countries finding billions for health care? Ending fossil fuel subsidies

Memo to Canberra: How are other countries finding billions for health care? Ending fossil fuel subsidies

There’s confusion about what is or isn’t on the table for cuts after Health Minister Sussan Ley conceded the Senate won’t pass increased patient contributions for PBS drugs, but said the $1 billion ‘savings’ will have to be found elsewhere. See more below for how it unfolded. But if the Minister and the Federal Government […]

Servicing the health machine – Response to the Health Budget 2015

Servicing the health machine – Response to the Health Budget 2015

Does our health system need a Fat Controller? In the following post, Professer Nick Graves from the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation analyses the health measures in the Budget and argues that the health ‘machine’ needs a single controller in order for it to work effectively.  This post was originally published on the ACHSI website  and is […]

Health Budget 2015-16 - underwhelming at best

Health Budget 2015-16 - underwhelming at best

After the drama of last year’s ‘slash and burn’ Budget, the Abbott Government’s second Federal Budget was designed to underwhelm the health sector and in this respect at least it delivered.  In fact, the lack of organisation at the Department of Health lock-up appeared to bother some groups more than the $2 billion of cuts […]

Greens leader Richard Di Natale: GP #publichealth specialist -

Greens leader Richard Di Natale: GP #publichealth specialist - "no doubt health policy be front & centre"

Senator Richard Di Natale, former GP and public health specialist, was widely described as “little known” in the mainstream media when he was elected leader of the Greens yesterday. But he is well known in health circles, where his election and likely focus on health issues was warmly welcomed in many quarters. The Australian Medical […]

Are co-payments dead? Or is that the sound of Medicare's last gasps?

Are co-payments dead? Or is that the sound of Medicare's last gasps?

Dr Tim Woodruff, vice president of the Doctors Reform Society, writes: The GP co-payment is dead. So said the Prime Minister as he made his third retraction on the issue six weeks ago. However, co-payments are far from “dead, buried and cremated” – and analyses of recent policy announcements suggests we are heading ever faster […]

How we've ended up with a bankrupt health debate...

How we've ended up with a bankrupt health debate...

Health policy news has been making headlines of late. There’s been: • the Federal Government’s long-awaited announcement on the new Primary Health Networks; • the move to financially penalise conscientious objectors to childhood vaccination (the merits of this approach have been questioned by some public health experts); • calls for action on mental health reform in the wake […]

Time for policy rethink as frequent GP attenders account for 41% of costs

Time for policy rethink as frequent GP attenders account for 41% of costs

Stephen Duckett writes: The Commonwealth government’s big idea for primary health care in the past year was to charge everyone who visits the GP a A$7 co-payment. The idea had many problems – it could have led to a blowout in emergency department demand; it was inequitable; and it may not have worked anyway. It has […]