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Patients have rights. Here’s how to use yours

It's all very well having rights. But what do these rights really mean when you're with your GP, in hospital or in a nursing home?
Bulk-billing rates have been trending upwards for well over a decade. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

FactCheck: do 86% of people visit the doctor for free?

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".
Telomeres, a part of DNA that hold the key to biological aging. Lightspring/Shutterstock.com

Want to live longer? Consider the ethics

Several companies are trying to develop life extension methods that could enable some people to live far longer. There are some ethical dilemmas.
New electronic devices are being used by people of all ages to track activity, measure sleep and record nutrition. Shutterstock

‘Use this app twice daily’: how digital tools are revolutionising patient care

There were 325,000 mobile health apps available in 2017. But while the digital health revolution is exciting, its rate of development is posing challenges for patients and healthcare professionals.

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