The government is effectively undermining the power of Medicare as a single payer and the role of Medicare as a universal provider.
In the final instalment of our series, Lesley Russell asks whether Australians need private health insurance, and what a two-tiered systems means for quality, access and equity.
In the future, our DNA could be different by design.
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That genetic editing techniques have become as straightforward as they have poses questions for how we want them to be used.
The relationship between private health insurance and Medicare has been a problem since the Whitlam government introduced universal health care.
Some people balk at the cost of private insurance – especially the relatively young and healthy – because they don't see the value of it when they are already covered under Medicare.
Treasurer Joe Hockey wants Australians to rethink how tax works.
Experts have welcomed another wave of discussion on tax reform, and this time everything's on the table.
There are more parallels between quantum mechanics and international relations than you might think.
Wars and atoms have, as it were, a conjugated history. On the eve of the second world war, physicists Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd wrote a letter to President Franklin D Roosevelt to inform him of the…
Dental care is the most-used private health insurance ancillary service.
All Australian residents have access to Medicare, so why do half the population also decide to take out private health insurance?
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird looks likely to keep enjoying the view from the top of the state after the March 28 poll.
With just a day of campaigning left in the New South Wales election, the result is already clear. Mike Baird's government will be re-elected – but the battle for 21 upper house seats will be crucial.
It’s better to build a fence at the top of a cliff than spend a fortune on ambulances and treatment facilities to care for all those who fall.
* This is the first in an occasional series of articles on must-read, indispensible papers in public health. Forty-one years ago when I started working in public health, there was a parable someone would…
The retrospective nature of the changes to the rules of succession means it ultimately made no difference whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first born was a boy or girl.
The Crown has become a little less discriminatory with changes to the rules of succession – and descendants of George II who failed to get permission to wed need no longer fear their marriage is void.
The religious groups trying to bring back aversion therapy need to catch up.
Many places around the world now allow gay and lesbian marriages, but 'treating' homosexuality remains politicised.
An emphasis on the ruins of the recent past places Zvyagintsev’s film within a very interesting genre of post-Soviet films.
Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film Leviathan explores the 'symphonia' of church and state in Vladimir Putin's Russia. In doing so it taps into a tradition in Soviet and post-Soviet cinema.
Is this image of destruction after Cyclone Pam a sign of things to come?
Sgt Neil Bryden RAF, British Ministry of Defence/AAP
Natural disasters are becoming more frequent, with more people with less money exposed to a greater number of hazards.
The company that makes powdered alcohol says it will begin selling four different flavours this year.
The Victorian government is calling on other state governments to join it in banning powdered alcohol, which was recently approved for marketing and sale in the US.
Electricity privatisation has delivered big nest eggs for various state governments – but the NSW government’s $A13 billion privatisation price tag risks being undermined by an election pledge and the recent UBS controversy.
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Electricity privatisations have been like golden geese, providing A$37 billion to Australian state governments since 1992. But the price for NSW's privatisation risks being undercut by two key events.
Promises to build or upgrade public hospitals are made at every state election, while other issues are ignored.
What happens when you bring a state health minister face-to-face with her two main challengers, fronting a roomful of health experts, without any TV cameras to leap on any "gaffes" or stumbles?
The new Reef 2050 plan is taking the long view on protecting the Great Barrier Reef - but does it have the right vision?
The federal and Queensland governments have unveiled their blueprint for protecting the Great Barrier Reef for future generations. Will the $2 billion plan succeed? Our experts give their verdicts.
New modelling shows the Medicare rebate freeze will leave GPs A$8.43 worse off per consultation.
With GPs facing greater economic pressure and the health minister considering legislative change to make it easier for GP to charge them, GP co-payments, like Lazarus, may rise again from the dead.
Music genre is associated with distinct causes of mortality, more so than sex or age.
We all know the rock adage of "live fast, die young" but is membership of different music genres associated with different risks of early death and different causes of death? Surprisingly, yes ...
Malcolm Fraser has passed away at the age of 84.
In his time in office, Malcolm Fraser oversaw the acceptance of southeast Asian refugees and led economic and social welfare reforms.
What we choose to wear tells the world a great deal about our perceptions of ourselves.
It's easy to dismiss fashion as trivial but the clothes we wear have stories to tell. Fashion is part of everyday experience and our memories are often stitched into the seams of our favourite dresses.