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Topic: general practice

The Health Wrap: Indigenous incarceration disgrace, let’s talk about smoking, Budget fairness test, all things Evidence

  By Kellie Bisset The disgrace of Indigenous incarceration rates Please enter your email address Sign up Following the successful crowdfunding of Croakey’s #JustJustice campaign, it’s timely to reflect on the release of the Amnesty International Report  A brighter tomorrow: keeping Indigenous kids in the community and out of detention in Australia. The report found that Indigenous youth incarceration […]

Parliamentary Library budget briefs: Health programs and primary care

Each year Croakey provides a forum for analysis  of  the federal budget and its impact on health and health services. While we like to think that our parliamentarians and civil servants dip into this site for analysis and reaction, they are also provided with a series of briefs by the the Parliamentary Library. With permission and […]

Private health insurance ‘carrot and stick’ reforms have failed – here’s why

Anne-marie Boxall writes: If your workplace is anything like mine, this week’s private health insurance premium increases might prompt conversations that go something like this: Can you believe our private health insurance costs $421 a month – and we are all really healthy! Some people baulk at the cost of private insurance – especially the […]

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 […]

The AMA and Medicare: a love-hate relationship

Lesley Russell writes: The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has emerged from the recent brouhaha over the Abbott government’s proposed Medicare reforms as both a winner in the protection of doctors’ incomes and an apparent champion of the affordability of health care for patients. […] 

Wonky Health: The complex and changing world of GP training

In the wake of the federal budget, uncertainty about the future is facing many areas in the health sector – and GP training is no exception, writes Dr Tim Senior in his latest Wonky Health column. By Tim Senior Please enter your email address Sign up   The last ever GP Education and Training (GPET) […]

More bad news on the GP co-payment: BEACH study

In case you needed more evidence that the GP co-payment needs some further consideration, researchers at the University of Sydney have released has released a new study  on the estimated impact of co- payments, and the results provide interesting reading. Estimated impact of proposed GP, pathology and imaging co-payments for Medicare services, and the increased […]

Wonky Health launches, revealing how co-payments will increase the health gap

The impacts of a Medicare co-payment would be far-reaching, including increasing the health gap between wealthy and poorer areas, and making it harder for general practices to survive in disadvantaged areas. MPs (and others) wanting some evidence-based insights into how the co-payment would affect people and general practices across electorates are advised to dive into […]

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

  By Kellie Bisset Please enter your email address Sign up   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 […]

GP clinics aren’t so super but it’s too early to pull the plug

Jim Gillespie writes: The former Labor government’s GP Super Clinics Program has come in for a bashing. The Coalition has derided it as “a total waste of money” and News Corp has dubbed it a “dangerous health care experiment” because it diverted funding from public hospitals. The former government committed A$650 million to build more than […]