Medicare is a vote-changer. The Coalition learnt this in the 2016 federal election campaign and has since guaranteed its commitment to the program. But that may not avert a Mediscare 2.0.
Health has taken centre stage of the election campaign. Here's what you need to know to make sense of the claims (and counter claims) of the major parties so far.
Here's how the Turnbull/Morrison government performed on hospitals, primary care, pharmaceuticals and private health insurance.
It's important that the proposed reforms do not just fund more care, but support more of the best care.
While the freeze has been blamed for rising out-of-pocket costs for consumers, bulk billing rates haven't fallen.
Seeking and making sense of specialist fees is an unfair burden to place on vulnerable patients. A website might be helpful for some – but health professionals need to be held to higher account.
Paying doctors a fee for each service they provide isn't delivering optimal value for the health dollar. Instead, we should pay doctors a lump sum to care for a patient's medical problem over time.
Subsidies for private health insurance premiums cost the government over A$6 billion a year. Is it time to scrap the rebate and redirect these funds elsewhere in the health system?
The A$1.25 billion health funding boost isn't based on any coherent policy direction. It's designed to shore up support in marginal electorates.
The end of effective antibiotics will be frightening. Life expectancy will fall dramatically and people of all ages will die from illnesses that we are used to treating with $10 worth of pills.
Australians are waiting too long for elective surgery, dental care and treatment for mental health. It's no wonder health is a vote-changer.
It's clear that socioeconomic position has a strong influence on cancer incidence and mortality in Australia.
Yes, doctors' fees should be transparent, but that requirement alone doesn't go far enough to combat "bill shock". Specialists should also be required to set fees that are "fair and reasonable".
Britain's health service will soon cost £200 billion. Don't mope, it's cause for celebration.
New research shows there is a direct relationship between central bank interest rate decisions and mental health.
Treasurer Scott Morrison abandoned the proposed increase to the Medicare levy to pay for the NDIS. Here's what you need to know about how the NDIS is funded, and how cost predictions have changed.
Australia loses nearly A$2 billion of GDP every year due to people with cancer leaving the workforce.
Private health insurance premiums will rise from April 1, leaving consumers wondering if they should give it up or downgrade to save money.
The Jacqui Lambie Network plan is short on detail and unlikely to improve the health system or outcomes for Tasmanians over the longer term.
Public hospitals in Australia are owned and operated by state (and territory) governments. So why does the Commonwealth government attract blame for lack of hospital funding?