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On the many ways that federal policies are hitting Tasmanians’ health

On the many ways that federal policies are hitting Tasmanians’ health

Two recent Senate committee reports have raised concerns that federal policies are exacerbating health inequities (an interim report from the Senate Select Committee on Health, and another report, Bridging our growing divide: inequality in Australia). Such concerns are particularly acute in Tasmania, as was made clear in submissions to the Senate Select Committee on Health. […]

The Tasmanian health rescue: don’t break out the champagne just yet

The Tasmanian health rescue: don’t break out the champagne just yet

The Federal Health Minister Health Minister Tanya Plibersek recently announced a $325 million emergency rescue package for Tasmania’s health system. Part of the deal, she said, was “that these investments result in improved health services by imposing a strict reporting and accountability regime on the Tasmanian Government”. The Tasmanian Government will be required to report […]

The devil in the detail: how Tasmanians lost out in Royal Hobart Hospital deal

The devil in the detail: how Tasmanians lost out in Royal Hobart Hospital deal

In a recent post, consumer health advocate Martyn Goddard argued for a federal takeover of the Tasmanian health system. In the article below, he investigates the detail of the deal negotiated by Independent MP Andrew Wilkie between the federal and state governments over the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment, and concludes that Tasmania is the loser. […]

The argument for a federal takeover of health in Tasmania

The argument for a federal takeover of health in Tasmania

The likelihood of a “federal takeover” of health (as mooted by Kevin Rudd in 2007) looks ever more remote. However, there seems to be a growing chorus of support for this in Tasmania. Earlier this month, the independent MP Andrew Wilkie joined the Tasmanian Premier’s calls for a federal takeover of public hospitals in that […]