Each year, inspectors visit Australian hospitals. But they're less like secret shoppers who identify flaws, and more like guests of a carefully orchestrated performance. This needs to change.
New research shows women receive sub-optimal care after they have a heart attack and are twice as likely than men to die six months after the attack.
Reports often talk about surgery wait times, but the time to actually see the specialist for the first time is the hidden waitlist.
Domestic violence in pregnancy not only causes distress and trauma for the mother, it also poses serious risks for the baby's health and development.
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?
One in four patients who stays overnight in hospital endures a complication.
New medical staff start in January and may not be as skilled or adept as their predecessors, meaning more things go wrong.
The reality of how the so-called penalties will work won’t match the rhetoric.
We have lots of data about hospital safety, but it's not used to make us safer or more comfortable when we're admitted.
There may be some benefits to public hospitals treating more private patients.
The fund is nothing more than a rebadging exercise in the hope people might think it is a new policy. And it's being used to airbrush public hospitals out of the Medicare picture.
A pirated movie won't kill you, but a counterfeit blood-thinner might. Australia needs stronger laws and tougher enforcement to counter fake drugs.
For the first time in 15 years, as premiums and complaints rise, the proportion of the population with private health insurance is declining.
Nurses and midwives are among society’s most highly valued professionals. But a disturbing national picture is emerging of escalating levels of over-work and burnout.
Highly engaged doctors do much better on a wide range of important measures, from clinical performance, financial management and safety indicators to patient experience and overall quality standards.
People ending up in hospital for diabetes, tooth decay, or other conditions that should be treatable or manageable out of hospital is a warning sign of system failure.
The ageing population is only a relatively small contributor to the growth in hospital admissions.
We need to focus on keeping people out of hospital by providing better co-ordinated and integrated care.