While assisted dying is contentious, access to palliative care should not be.
One would think governments would do all they could to ensure palliative care is available to all who need it. This is not the case in Australia today.
People without ID, like Steven Kemp, are sometimes turned away from the country’s already threadbare system of drug treatment centers.
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President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. But we need to do a lot more to prevent this crisis from escalating even further.
Signage outside the Winterbourne View residential hospital in Bristol.
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People with learning disabilities need to have a say in the government policy that rules their lives.
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.
After-hours home medical services are offered with bulk billing. But are they the best use of taxpayers’ money?
After-hours home medical services cost the taxpayer dearly and don't reduce emergency department visits, according to new research.
The Medicare Guarantee Fund appears to be no more than an accounting trick.
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.
Mental health remains chronically underfunded.
The latest federal budget leaves mental health chronically underfunded, with inequitable access to services, and without a clear national strategy.
The latest snapshot of Australian health funding reveals who’s footing the bill, among other worrying health statistics.
The latest Productivity Commission health report reveals some serious problems with out-of-pocket health expenses as well as disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health.
Classifying e-cigarettes as a nicotine replacement therapy could help the tobacco industry influence health policy.
Classing e-cigarettes as quit smoking aids could help rebrand the tobacco industry as a legitimate player in health policy. Here's why we should be concerned.
How might US president-elect Donald Trump address Obamacare’s rising costs?
Alternatives to Obamacare look to address rising premiums and less consumer choice. What options does the US have and how could they work?
Weighing up the evidence for surgery is just one thing to consider before going under the knife.
There's often limited evidence for many common types of surgery. Understanding what makes good evidence is the key to deciding what's best for you.
South African HIV rights group, the Treatment Action Campaign, marching through Durban, calling for antiretroviral access for all.
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Current epidemiological and financial trends suggest there's a major risk of a substantial shortfall in the funds required to sustain life-saving antiretroviral programmes.
Bill Shorten visiting Townsville Hospital on Sunday.
Labor has pledged to spend $2 billion more than the Coalition on hospitals over four years and brought Bob Hawke into the election campaign.
In a stage-managed moment organised by the Prime Minister’s Office, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison walk together to a car taking them to the airport.
Premiers and chief ministers on Friday delivered a humiliating public blow to Malcolm Turnbull, bluntly telling him they didn’t want even to think about his “big idea” to allow them to raise income tax…
Malcolm Turnbull invited premiers and chief ministers to The Lodge on Thursday evening ahead of COAG.
Malcolm Turnbull is the venture capitalist of politics who, with his bid to force the states to raise a slice of income tax, has invested heavily in a risky enterprise.
Malcolm Turnbull plans to raise the idea of states’ access to income tax at this week’s COAG meeting.
Just when we thought the tax debate was winding down to minimalism, as least as far as the federal government was concerned, Malcolm Turnbull has decided to throw a curveball. The government is preparing…
Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Adewole has a great deal of fixing to the country’s primary healthcare system.
Newly appointed Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Adewole is focused on providing primary healthcare services.
The Coalition under Malcolm Turnbull continues its lead over Labor in the latest Newspoll.
A 15% GST accompanied by income tax cuts has received a thumbs down from voters in the first Newspoll of 2016.
AMA President Brian Owler says hospitals will have insufficient funding to meet the increasing demand for services.
The Australian Medical Association's annual Public Hospital Report Card says hospitals are facing "a growing funding crisis" – with their performance virtually stagnant.
The current level of mental health services funding mean we are already failing people who need help.
A proposal to re-direct a billion dollars of funding from acute hospital mental health services to the community risks causing a major destabilisation of the public mental health system.