Information on patients’ experiences with their hospital care is often not reported back to public hospitals at unit or ward level.
We have lots of data about hospital safety, but it's not used to make us safer or more comfortable when we're admitted.
One reason universities might not achieve good student outcomes is that they do not spend enough money on teaching.
Universities now have the incentive and flexibility to respond to student interests, and we shouldn't distract them with policy changes that could make things worse.
The Productivity Commission has recommended sweeping changes to how infrastructure is governed.
The Productivity Commission has released a mammoth report summarising several years worth of reccomendations.
While assisted dying is contentious, access to palliative care should not be.
One would think governments would do all they could to ensure palliative care is available to all who need it. This is not the case in Australia today.
Minister for Energy Josh Frydenberg, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a press conference.
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The new policy will put the onus on electricity retailers to cut emissions while guaranteeing reliability. And while the scheme isn't perfect, it offers a rare opportunity for bipartisanship.
The federal government has announced over a dozen changes to private health insurance.
Whether a 10% discount is enough to increase health insurance take-up by young people, many of whom are in precarious employment arrangements or unemployed, is a question for the marketeers.
Energy minister Josh Frydenberg speaking at the Energy Summit in Sydney.
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Talk of the government preparing to 'walk away' from the Clean Energy Target proposal is unnecessarily cynical.
Traffic congestion is concentrated along particular routes, such as the Eastern Freeway/Hoddle Street corridor in Melbourne.
Instead of focusing on freeways, governments should change the way we pay for urban roads and public transport.
Young Australians still remain locked out of the housing market as the wealth disparity grows across generations.
Australia is becoming wealthier, but much of that wealth remains concentrated in the hands of older generations.
Yes, but who’s directing energy policy?
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We have learned a lot in the year since South Australia's lights went out, and have made some useful early reforms. But the energy sector and politicians need to chart a much steadier course in future.
Outcomes for first peoples in Australia lag behind the non-Indigenous population.
Australia was ranked top of the world in terms of the efficiency of our health care system and health outcomes, but only seventh in terms of equity.
Les indicateurs relatifs aux peuples premiers d’Australie sont à la traîne de ceux de la population non indigène.
Le système de santé australien obtient de bons résultats. Mais il conserve toutefois quelques faiblesses. De nombreuses personnes, notamment, renoncent encore à des soins en raison de leur coût.
There are many viable options for Australia’s energy future.
The energy market operator has warned of possible future electricity shortages – but only if everything stays frozen as it is now.
One big mess: the market has failed to deliver on cheap, reliable energy.
The energy market operator has released a report on the state of Australia's electricity system. It couldn't be blunter if it tried: the market has failed.
Yallourn Power Station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.
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On Q&A, an audience member said renewable energy is 'now cheaper than coal'. Senator Matt Canavan disagreed, saying renewables are not 'at the moment, cheaper than coal'. Let's look at the numbers.
Some specialists charge a premium because they claim to be exceptional in their field. But how are patients to know if that’s true?
To work out how to reduce the out-of-pocket costs for specialist care, we first need to identify why they are so high.
Information about discounts will be simpler, but you’ll still have to do the legwork to shop around.
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The government's deal with electricity retailers to provide simple information to customers about their discounts and bills is a welcome step, but doesn't cut to the heart of the power price issue.
The absolute level of income tends to be higher in the cities than the regions - but this has always been so.
New research released today by the Grattan Institute shows that income growth and unemployment rates are not obviously worse in regional areas.
Even with higher fees, higher education will still be worthwhile for most young people.
Earnings data suggest higher education remains financially attractive for most students, and the small proposed fee increases should not materially affect that.
It won’t surprise Eastern Freeway users that the commute from the northeast of Melbourne to the CBD is the worst.
For Melbourne drivers who comfort themselves with the thought that traffic congestion is worse in Sydney, sorry but new analysis shows overall delays are similar, but some commutes are especially bad.