Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten addressed the National Press Club on February 1 and January 31 respectively.
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In twin speeches to the National Press Club, Labor leader Bill Shorten said bulk-billing rates are falling, while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said bulk-billing is at record levels. Who was right?
A blockchain could be used to record all of our interactions with the government.
The problems with Centrelink's data-matching system stem from reconciling datasets held by different agencies. What if we used a blockchain to create a single source of data?
Should the government be able to use intellectual property laws to control who can criticise its health policies by using the Medicare logo?
Using intellectual property laws to try to shut down Mark Rogers’ 'Save Medicare' website shows how these laws serve to restrict free speech and advance government privatisation agendas.
Rising marketplace premiums have led to calls for changes in the marketplace.
Double-digit premium increases are leading to an outcry that the Affordable Care Act is not working, yet parts of it are. Here’s what works, and ideas on how to fix what doesn't.
Was Labor’s Catherine King right about the rising cost of GP visits?
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Shadow minister for health and medicare Catherine King said under this government, average out-of-pocket costs for GP visits are up by almost 20%. Is that true?
Suicide is uncommon during pregnancy – it occurs more frequently when a pregnancy is over.
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The clinical committee reviewing obstetrics services for the federal government's Medicare review said suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal death in Australia. Is that true?
Health care costs and rates of chronic disease are rising.
For real reform to Medicare’s fee-for-service payments model, we need to look for more innovative solutions to how we pay for health care. These can be found in an unlikely place: the United States.
This approach will help concentrate efforts on evidence and value rather than ideologically based, slash-and-burn approaches.
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The government must do more to deliver a 21st-century health system – not just to improve its standing with voters but to meet the health needs of all Australians.
The idea of regulating what is ‘true’ in political speech is neither new nor easy.
'Mediscare', Brexit and the negative-gearing campaign have all demonstrated that it is time for tighter regulation on truth in political advertising.
Labor’s ‘Mediscare’ campaign played to an existing belief about the Coalition’s health policies.
Labor's 'Mediscare' is a reminder of just how potent a well-developed and executed scare campaign can be in an electoral contest.
Australians contribute almost a fifth of all health care spending through fees.
Health policy was an important factor in the election outcome, but one of the most important issues in the health sector – the impact of out-of-pocket costs – was mostly ignored.
There is a strong political and economic case for the government to cut its support for private insurance and to restore Medicare to its original role.
The Turnbull government must reconcile the political sensitivity of Medicare and the need for fiscal discipline.
Although Malcolm Turnbull has been returned to office, he faces considerable challenges.
How did the Coalition go from a resounding victory in 2013 to the edge of electoral defeat?
If Malcolm Turnbull panders too much to the conservatives he will alienate many ordinary centrist voters.
As he struggles with the lessons of the recent past and the challenges of the immediate future, Malcolm Turnbull needs to avoid two dangers. One is being spooked by the conservatives inside and outside…
Three more years for Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition.
What's in store for key policy areas, from health to education to infrastructure to asylum seekers, under a returned Coalition government?
After days of waiting, Malcolm Turnbull will form a government.
What did the Coalition promise during the campaign in 11 key policy areas, from health to infrastructure to jobs?
In a historical context, Labor’s ‘Medicare SMS’ was not particularly surprising or even unprecedented.
The idea of hitting voters with a powerful message on election day is just the culmination of three trends in Australian campaign communication that have been brewing for decades.
One thing Malcolm Turnbull should do in the short term if he’s forming a new ministry is find a first-rate minister to put into the health portfolio.
Malcolm Turnbull is struggling to produce the right response in the aftermath of his election debacle. On Saturday he did not take on any blame and lashed out at Labor’s “Mediscare” tactic. On Tuesday…
Malcolm Turnbull said he remained ‘quietly confident, reasonably confident’ of forming a majority government.
Malcolm Turnbull has taken 'absolutely full responsibility' for his criticised election campaign, and declared the Coalition must rebuild public trust in itself on the issue of Medicare.
Some Coalition’s policies have been seen as a fundamental assault on Medicare principles of bulk billing and universality.
Scare campaigns only work if there is some anxiety to build on. Labor’s Medicare campaign plugged into a long history of Coalition ambivalence – or open hostility – towards Medicare.