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Australians are undergoing unnecessary surgery – here’s what we can do about it

Australians are undergoing unnecessary surgery – here’s what we can do about it

fronjacksonwebb August 17, 2015 1 Comment

Peter Breadon and Stephen Duckett from the Grattan Institute write: For decades, clinicians and researchers have been concerned about patients getting treatments, including operations, that don’t work. As well as failing to treat the original health problem, ineffective care exposes patients to complications and side-effects and waste […]

Hospital patients are more likely to die at weekends but seven-day rosters are no panacea

Hospital patients are more likely to die at weekends but seven-day rosters are no panacea

fronjacksonwebb August 6, 2015 1 Comment

Peter Sivey writes: If you are admitted to a hospital on the weekend, you have a higher chance of dying than if you are admitted during the week. This is known as the “weekend effect”. Evidence from the United Kingdom suggests an 11-16% increased risk of death for patients […]

Five options for health reform: what are the chances?

Five options for health reform: what are the chances?

Melissa Sweet June 23, 2015

Five options for health reform – which are not mutually exclusive – are proposed in the Reform of the Federation Discussion Paper, which has been released for public comment. Although the paper states that “the order in which the options appear does not indicate any preference”, predictably enough, it is option one that is getting […]

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

fronjacksonwebb April 1, 2015

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 […]

What are the health issues at stake when #NSWvotes?

What are the health issues at stake when #NSWvotes?

Melissa Sweet March 27, 2015

NSW voters are expected to return Mike Baird’s Coalition Government this weekend (see reports at The Conversation and The Guardian), but the results in the Upper House are less certain, as former MP Rob Oakeshott pointed out at Croakey earlier this week. What are the health issues and concerns at play? Croakey contributors give their […]

The real health issues facing NSW, without the spin

fronjacksonwebb March 25, 2015 1 Comment

Andrew Wilson writes: What happens when you bring a state health minister face-to-face with her two main challengers, fronting a roomful of health experts, without any TV cameras or dictaphones to leap on any “gaffes” or stumbles? What you can get is a genuinely informative debate, largely free of three-second soundbites. I saw this late […]

What’s missing from Victorian election health promises? Plenty…

What’s missing from Victorian election health promises? Plenty…

Melissa Sweet November 27, 2014

For a sustainable health system, the Victorian public deserves so much more than election promises focused on more hospital beds, according to Tom Symondson, Acting Chief Executive of the Victorian Healthcare Association. His analysis of election health policies echoes some themes raised previously at this blog by Dr Christine Walker of the Chronic Illness Alliance. […]

GP co-payment would increase emergency department wait times

fronjacksonwebb July 11, 2014

Mark Mackay, Campbell Thompson, Dale Ward, David Green, Don Campbell, Geoff McDonnell, Leonid Churilov, Malgorzata O’Reilly, Mark Fackrell, Nigel Bean, Peter Taylor, Robert Adams, Shaowen Qin and Keith Stockman write: The introduction of a GP co-payment could see average emergency department visits increase by between six minutes and almost three hours, our modelling shows, as more […]

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

Kellie Bisset May 18, 2014

  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 […]

Hospital workforce reform: better jobs and more care

fronjacksonwebb April 14, 2014

Peter Breadon writes: Employees are the public hospital system’s most valuable resource, and its biggest cost. Wages account for nearly 70% of recurrent hospital spending. To keep hospital care affordable in a time of rising demand, it’s vital that skills are used to the full. Yet many professionals work well below their skill level. Does it take 15 […]