Around a quarter of people with private health insurance still choose to use the public system. Why?
Health-care costs are rising, driven by expensive developments in treatments, more demanding populations and rising national wealth. We need to change the financing system to meet this challenge.
Waiting for emergency care, specialist appointments and "elective" procedures is not only inconvenient and frustrating, it can also be painful and detrimental to your health and well-being.
Why is it so difficult to find out exactly how much it's going to cost to have that suspicious mole removed or to be admitted to hospital for that colonoscopy or hip replacement?
In a time of growing populations, hospitals must guarantee access, ensure quality, minimise the chances of anything going wrong, and do it all within the available budget. So they need to change.
The 5.6% increase amounts to the average family paying about $300 more a year for an average policy.
We start 2016 with big challenges for the health system and uncertainty as to how governments will meet them.
Price in health care is a squishy concept. Different words relating to cost – charge, price and out-of-pocket cost – all have different meanings.
This was the year of the health review – mental health care, Medicare, private health insurance, the pharmacy industry ... and the list goes on. But how much movement was there on policy?
Britain's local healthcare system of small time gatekeepers should become stronger networks of powerful providers.
Chronic diseases are responsible for nine out of ten deaths in Australia, and for much of the public health expenditure that's causing governments so much concern.
When one in six hospitalisations of older patients are due to harm from their medicines, then something is going seriously wrong.
The reforms announced today have the potential to change this appalling situation. But ultimately they should be judged on the outcomes they achieve for patients.
Pain management is one of the most neglected aspects of health care; our failure to adequately address chronic pain is a major driver of its economic and social burden.
All insurers would have to provide a comprehensive set of health services to its customer, covering all aspects of their health care.
The private health insurance is complicated and difficult to navigate. Here's what we need to do to better protect consumers.
Current incentives used to recruit more teachers to work in rural and regional schools aren't working. But could the health sector offer up some possible solutions?
Although there are significant challenges to making data within My Health Record useful in the management of a person’s health, the move to make it more open is positive.
If Australia’s new prime minister wishes to lead a successful 21st-century government, he must tackle the rise in chronic disease and use data to constantly improve the system.
On closing the asylums, Australia failed to invest in an alternative model of community mental health care. So there are few alternatives between the GP surgery and the hospital emergency department.