As candidates propose ways to provide health insurance for more people, it's important to know that some proposals could have unexpected consequences, including potential closure of public hospitals.
Labor and the Coalition's health policies and campaign strategy couldn't be more different this election.
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.
Here's how the Turnbull/Morrison government performed on hospitals, primary care, pharmaceuticals and private health insurance.
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.
The A$1.25 billion health funding boost isn't based on any coherent policy direction. It's designed to shore up support in marginal electorates.
The person in charge of your surgery is a consultant surgeon. A consultant is the most qualified doctor in a hospital.
Need a quick overview of what the major parties are promising in health this election? We've got you covered.
Australians are waiting too long for elective surgery, dental care and treatment for mental health. It's no wonder health is a vote-changer.
Only 16 out of 48 African countries and islands have access to hospital services within the WHO's two-hour time threshold.
Each year, inspectors visit Australian hospitals. But they're less like secret shoppers who identify flaws, and more like guests of a carefully orchestrated performance. This needs to change.
New research shows women receive sub-optimal care after they have a heart attack and are twice as likely than men to die six months after the attack.
Reports often talk about surgery wait times, but the time to actually see the specialist for the first time is the hidden waitlist.
Domestic violence in pregnancy not only causes distress and trauma for the mother, it also poses serious risks for the baby's health and development.
Private health insurance premiums will rise from April 1, leaving consumers wondering if they should give it up or downgrade to save money.
The Jacqui Lambie Network plan is short on detail and unlikely to improve the health system or outcomes for Tasmanians over the longer term.
Public hospitals in Australia are owned and operated by state (and territory) governments. So why does the Commonwealth government attract blame for lack of hospital funding?
One in four patients who stays overnight in hospital endures a complication.
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.