Bulk-billing rates have been trending upwards for well over a decade.
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Yes, 86% of GP visits were bulk-billed in 2017-18, up from 82% when Labor was in power. But they also rose under Labor, while the percentage for "patients" seems to be lower than the percentage for "visits".
Labor has promised A$8 billion in new health expenditure, while the Coalition has focused on the difference new pharmaceuticals can make to individual Australians.
Labor and the Coalition's health policies and campaign strategy couldn't be more different this election.
It has not been a happy week for One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.
It's been another colourful week in federal politics, highlighted by Greg Hunt's swearing, the Barnaby Joyce saga taking yet another turn, and One Nation falling apart at the seams.
Greg Hunt’s temperament is of the “street-angel, house-devil” type.
The voters are like sniffer dogs when it comes to character – if that hadn't been the case Mark Latham might have won the 2004 election.
Hospitals might be penalised for every admission that could have been avoided, under a proposal floated by Greg Hunt.
A plan to fine hospitals for avoidable hospitalisations and pay GPs to prevent them has many issues. The main problem is that it's impossible to measure the outcomes of health care in Australia.
Greg Hunt is one of three Turnbull government ministers ordered to appear before Victoria’s Supreme Court on Friday.
It is obviously important to protect the institutional integrity and independence of the judiciary – but the judiciary and judicial decisions should not be immune from criticism.
Eating disorders are among the leading causes of hospitalisation for mental-health-related issues in Australia.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has asked the Medicare review taskforce to consider increasing the number of subsidised mental health sessions for those with eating disorders. Why is that necessary?
Greg Hunt has been appointed to the health ministry after the resignation of Sussan Ley last week.
Sussan Ley launched a series of major reviews of health spending programs. The proposals from these reviews are now on the table, and Greg Hunt will have a series of difficult tasks in implementation.
Incoming Innovation Minister Greg Hunt must help Malcolm Turnbull resurrect the innovation agenda.
The innovation agenda may have failed to resonate with Australians, but it shouldn't be abandoned.
GetUp! has claimed a win for its five year campaign to stop dredging and new coal mines near the Reef.
Political engagement in Australia has changed enormously over the past decade. New organisations such as GetUp! have taken the lead in channelling citizen voice into politics.
CSIRO has the know-how to develop commercial-scale green energy, with a clear plan and enough money.
The Coalition has asked CSIRO to develop a "roadmap" towards commercialised clean energy. It's a good idea as long as the plan is clear, and there's enough money behind it.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must put some substance behind their climate rhetoric.
It was all a bit much for me to see Environment Minister Greg Hunt wallowing in the signing of the Paris Agreement on emissions reduction in New York this week. His commitment to its ratification by year…
The Paris climate agreement will be open for signing at the UN’s New York headquarters for the next year, starting tomorrow.
Australia will be one of more than 160 nations formally signing the Paris climate agreement in New York this week. But delivering on those promises is what really counts.
The new assistant minister for cities, Angus Taylor, has expressed a ‘deep belief that consultation and proper public debate gets to wise outcomes’.
Effective development planning must anticipate where growth might occur and its wider impacts. So, if the federal government is serious about cities policy, it needs a proper settlements plan.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) on the summit’s opening day.
Australia has made several climate-themed announcements since the start of the Paris talks, but nothing that cuts to the heart of the climate issue.
Bernie Fraser, Greg Hunt and Clive Palmer announce the Climate Change Authority’s emissions trading review last year, after Palmer prevented the authority being abolished.
The Climate Change Authority, rocked by this week's resignation of its chairman Bernie Fraser but saved last year by the Senate, will continue reviewing climate policy - even if its advice is ignored.
Bernie Fraser has resigned as chair of the Climate Change Authority.
The chairman of the Climate Change Authority, Bernie Fraser, has quit – apparently after a long period of bad relations with Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
Attorney General George Brandis believes a recent court decision backing an environmental group is an illegitimate use of the law. Is he right?
The federal government want to stop green groups from using "lawfare". But proposed changes threaten to seriously curtail public interest litigation in Australia.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s same-sex marriage plebiscite idea.
Tony Abbott is burnishing his lines for a popular vote on same-sex marriage in the next term, if he wins one. Abbott told parliament on Wednesday: “Going into the next election there will be two parties…
John Howard is a role model for the Abbott government, but the world remembers his hardline climate tactics in 1997 less fondly.
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Australia's government boasts of being one of the few nations to hit its Kyoto emissions target. But is it any wonder, when the Howard government successfully lobbied to make it almost unmissably easy?