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Both sides of politics have gone hard on health in the first week of the campaign. Dave Hunt/AAP

Election campaign lesson #1: don’t mess with Medicare

Medicare is a vote-changer. The Coalition learnt this in the 2016 federal election campaign and has since guaranteed its commitment to the program. But that may not avert a Mediscare 2.0.
The budget provides some short-term boosts for aged care and mental health but little opportunity for much-needed structural reform. Shutterstock

Budget 2019 boosts aged care and mental health, and modernises Medicare: health experts respond

The budget includes a step towards modernising Medicare, through a new annual payment for each person with diabetes who signs up with a specific GP.
When you’re admitted to a public hospital, they’ll want to know if you have private health insurance. From shutterstock.com

If you’ve got private health insurance, the choice to use it in a public hospital is your own

When you enter a public hospital, you are likely to be asked if you have private health insurance, and if you want to use it. This is what you need to consider.
For some people, high out-of-pocket costs makes it difficult to see a doctor or fill a prescription. From shutterstock.com

We need more than a website to stop Australians paying exorbitant out-of-pocket health costs

Seeking and making sense of specialist fees is an unfair burden to place on vulnerable patients. A website might be helpful for some – but health professionals need to be held to higher account.
Treating somebody at risk of developing a mental health disorder may improve their outcomes later on. Jeremy Perkins/Unsplash

For people at risk of mental illness, having access to treatment early can help

Early intervention is a proven way to address the burden of mental ill health. We just need to better understand who is at risk of developing a mental disorder – and how best to treat them.
Falls are the No. 1 cause of accidental death in people 65 and older and a major cause of disability. Photographee.eu/Shutterstock.com

Before the fall: How oldsters can avoid one of old age’s most dangerous events

Falls are a major cause of disability in seniors - but there are some clearcut ways to prevent them.
People ages 50-64 begin to develop chronic conditions for which they need coverage. Doing away with insurance for pre-existing conditions puts this group at risk. Syda Productions/Shutterstock.com

Pre-existing conditions: The age group most vulnerable if coverage goes away

Stripping away preexisting conditions coverage would have far-reaching effects, but 50- to 64-year-olds are most vulnerable. Ignoring medical issues at that age could mean sicker oldsters later on.

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