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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 […]
Croakey has lost count of the number of contributors who have written here of the need to reform the fee-for-service model that underpins so much healthcare (for a recent sampling, see this by Professor Peter Brooks, and the comment here from Professor Stephen Leeder). Fee-for-service, it is widely agreed, is not an efficient mechanism for […]
The LNP candidate for Griffith, former AMA president Dr Bill Glasson, has reportedly backed away from his previously stated support for a GP co-payment, a development that is seen as an acknowledgement of the proposal’s unpopularity with the electorate. However, the analysis below argues that there are many reasons to be concerned about the co-payment […]
There is some essential new reading for those concerned with primary care and related reforms, according to health policy analyst Jennifer Doggett. In the article below, she reviews Primary Care and General Practice in Australia 1990-2012: A Chronology of Federal Government Strategies, Policies, Programs and Funding, by Dr Lesley Russell from the Australian Primary Health […]
The crew at The Medical Journal of Australia must be feeling rather pleased this week by the publicity and debate generated via this week’s edition, particularly the articles on Medicare by Dr Tony Webber and on corporatisation of medicine by Ray Moynihan. Below is some wider commentary, reproduced from The Conversation, with articles from: • […]
Since the May budget, when the Federal Government announced that $1.5 billion in mental health investments over the next five years would be partly funded by a redirection of $580.5 million from the Better Access program, the cries of outrage have been growing. Any number of professional groups have been crying foul, including those representing […]
Health economist Gavin Mooney has two offerings for Croakey readers. For those with an interest in citizen’s juries and their potential for informing health policy and related decisions, he has just released A Handbook on Citizens’ Juries, which sets out their pros and cons, how to run them, and gives some examples of their use […]
Has fee-for-service medicine and healthcare more broadly passed its use by date? “Yes and no” is the suggestion of this brief report from The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, published as part of its myth-busting series. The commonly held belief that most doctors prefer fee-for-service is a myth, it says. While the report is framed […]