Some regions have had rates of preventable hospital admissions 50% above the state average for more than a decade.
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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 debate about ageing needs to move away from claiming the sky will fall in because of the ageing of the population.
The ageing population is only a relatively small contributor to the growth in hospital admissions.
How possible will budget repair be?
Hoping for the best is not a budget management strategy: but Australia can set realistic goals.
Education policy should focus on making sure that every student makes great progress, rather than accountability for test scores or teacher performance pay.
Focusing on progress – not just achievement – and investing in improving teaching practice will help to lift slipping standards in Australian schools.
Both sides of politics agree that student funding rates need reviewing.
At best, there will be no new public money, just shuffling funds between programs. At worst, higher education will help reduce the budget deficit.
By persuading some drivers to travel a different route or at a different time, congestion charges can dramatically improve the flow of traffic.
Bigger cities increase wages, output and innovation, but also problems of congestion and pollution. Congestion charges can minimise these problems by dramatically improving traffic flows.
Australia’s power policies still aren’t heading in quite the right direction.
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Australia's energy policy has lost its way over the past couple of decades, which is unfortunate because the challenges – to move to a low-carbon economy without high prices – have never been tougher.
Australians contribute almost a fifth of all health care spending through fees.
Health policy was an important factor in the election outcome, but one of the most important issues in the health sector – the impact of out-of-pocket costs – was mostly ignored.
Malcolm Turnbull faces many challenges in transitioning Australia to a post-mining boom economy.
What are the key policy challenges facing the new Turnbull government in terms of economic growth and budgets, cities, transport, energy, school education, higher education and health?
Malcolm Turnbull sets about the business of his returned government with the Secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson.
With nearly 25 years of uninterrupted economic growth at risk of coming to an end, the new government must make budget repair a priority.
Both domestic and global economic challenges face the new Turnbull government.
The government should consider five options to increase economic growth.
Despite Malcolm Turnbull’s enthusiasm for public transport, the Coalition tends to favour road projects over rail.
The Coalition, Labor, and the Greens are making substantial commitments to projects that not only lack proper business cases, but are not even on the Infrastructure Australia priority list at all.
The Labor Party is heading into the election with its Medicare banner hoisted high.
The greater threats to our national public health system lie in the increasing role of consumer co-payments and the power of vested interests that stifle policy innovation in health.
The Productivity Commission report is not a comprehensive plan of what government should do about digital disruption.
A Productivity Commission report on digital disruption argues that government's should stop creating barriers to innovation but it fails to provide solutions on privacy and ownership of data.
Both major parties support lowering the repayment threshold for student loans.
The threshold for paying back student loans will vary depending on which party wins the election.
New AMA president Michael Gannon is looking to ‘build bridges’ with what he expects will be a returned Turnbull government.
The AMA has campaigned heavily on the Medicare rebate freeze, pointing out its potential impact on patient access if out-of-pocket costs were to increase.
Julie Bishop had a ‘gotcha’ moment over the government’s transition to retirement provisions.
Politicians stumbled over superannuation this week - but there are bigger obstacles they aren't willing to tackle.
Is Labor right to say that public sector infrastructure investment has fallen by 20% under the current government?
Labor says that public sector infrastructure investment has fallen 20% under the Abbott-Turnbull government. Is that right?
Telstra Health has won the contract to manage the National Bowel Cancer and Cervical Screening Program registries.
The cancer screening registry contract won by Telstra Health is only the first of the potential outsourcing of health programs. It creates a precedent that needs to be right.
Research suggesting middle aged women will be worse off under super changes overreaches.
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NATSEM’s analysis of the Government’s super tax could easily mislead.