New medical staff start in January and may not be as skilled or adept as their predecessors, meaning more things go wrong.
The reality of how the so-called penalties will work won’t match the rhetoric.
We have lots of data about hospital safety, but it's not used to make us safer or more comfortable when we're admitted.
There may be some benefits to public hospitals treating more private patients.
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.
A pirated movie won't kill you, but a counterfeit blood-thinner might. Australia needs stronger laws and tougher enforcement to counter fake drugs.
For the first time in 15 years, as premiums and complaints rise, the proportion of the population with private health insurance is declining.
Nurses and midwives are among society’s most highly valued professionals. But a disturbing national picture is emerging of escalating levels of over-work and burnout.
Highly engaged doctors do much better on a wide range of important measures, from clinical performance, financial management and safety indicators to patient experience and overall quality standards.
People ending up in hospital for diabetes, tooth decay, or other conditions that should be treatable or manageable out of hospital is a warning sign of system failure.
The ageing population is only a relatively small contributor to the growth in hospital admissions.
We need to focus on keeping people out of hospital by providing better co-ordinated and integrated care.
Fixing the hospital system is not just a matter of more funding. Hospitals need to work smarter, not harder.
There is substantial variation in the safety and quality of care provided in Australian hospitals. The data can tell us why.
Around a quarter of people with private health insurance still choose to use the public system. Why?
For many patients, hospital may not be the best place for their care.
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.
What are the most common reasons for going to hospital? What can go wrong? What's behind the state-Commonwealth funding fight? Our at-a-glance infographic has the answers.