We need to focus on keeping people out of hospital by providing better co-ordinated and integrated care.
States will receive an additional A$2.9 billion from July 2017 to June 2020, with growth in Commonwealth funding capped at 6.5%. The Conversation's experts respond.
The Commonwealth wants to partially reverse the cuts it made to public hospital funding in the 2014 budget. But the deal has some unwelcome strings attached.
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.
Health-care costs are rising, driven by expensive developments in treatments, more demanding populations and rising national wealth. We need to change the financing system to meet this challenge.
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.
The 5.6% increase amounts to the average family paying about $300 more a year for an average policy.
We start 2016 with big challenges for the health system and uncertainty as to how governments will meet them.
This was the year of the health review – mental health care, Medicare, private health insurance, the pharmacy industry ... and the list goes on. But how much movement was there on policy?
The Coalition tried to justify its failed GP co-payment as an attempt to rein in consumers, who were driving the increase in Medicare costs. Turns out government policy was mostly to blame.
Chronic diseases are responsible for nine out of ten deaths in Australia, and for much of the public health expenditure that's causing governments so much concern.
All insurers would have to provide a comprehensive set of health services to its customer, covering all aspects of their health care.
Australians are picking up some of the slack of government belt-tightening by paying more for health, with experts concerned this could reduce the equity in Australia's health system.
It looks like where you live, and what regulations that state has for health insurers, may have a major impact on whether you are diagnosed early or not.