Although the Coalition is largely associated with this issue, Labor first introduced the Medicare rebate freeze in 2013 as a ‘temporary’ measure.
Labor will lift the rebate freeze from 2017, while under the Coalition, GPs will be paid the same amount for delivering health services in 2020 as they were in 2014. So what does this mean for patients?
There have been number of short-lived Commonwealth funding programs for dental care in the past.
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PolicyCheck unpacks the detail and history of the Coalition's proposed dental health care policy.
People with chronic illness often report bewilderment with the health system’s complexity.
We need to focus on keeping people out of hospital by providing better co-ordinated and integrated care.
Hospital funding has long been the subject of acrimonious and unedifying funding disputes between the federal and state governments.
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.
The health sector can learn from other industries that turn to operations research to fix everyday challenges.
Fixing the hospital system is not just a matter of more funding. Hospitals need to work smarter, not harder.
Some hospitals have substantially higher costs. Others have higher rates of death.
There is substantial variation in the safety and quality of care provided in Australian hospitals. The data can tell us why.
The most common reason for choosing private hospitals is shorter waits for elective surgery.
Around a quarter of people with private health insurance still choose to use the public system. Why?
The Commonwealth is telling the states to fix their own hospital budget problems, as though state governments can simply find savings from other areas.
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.
Clinicians prioritise patients based on the urgency of their treatment. But there’s more to it than that.
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.
Patients often rely on their GP to make the choice of specialist for them through the referral process with little or no discussion of prices.
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?
The solution is not necessarily more of the same, or more funding.
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.
The 2016 increases range from 3.8% for the Doctor’s Health Fund, to just under 9% for CUA health Fund.
The 5.6% increase amounts to the average family paying about $300 more a year for an average policy.
The scene for change has been set. But will the health minister act?
We start 2016 with big challenges for the health system and uncertainty as to how governments will meet them.
Why is it so hard to figure out what medical care costs?
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Price in health care is a squishy concept. Different words relating to cost – charge, price and out-of-pocket cost – all have different meanings.
A snapshot of 2015: health reviews, Health Check series, thalidomide series, Medicare versus private health insurance.
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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?
Pressure point. Smarter GP surgeries can lighten the burden on the rest of the NHS.
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Britain's local healthcare system of small time gatekeepers should become stronger networks of powerful providers.
Australia addresses some risk factors better than others.
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.
Overdoing it? Pills and thrills and bellyaches.
When one in six hospitalisations of older patients are due to harm from their medicines, then something is going seriously wrong.
The government has acknowledged that just sending people off for a set number of psychology sessions is an inadequate response, particularly for people with more complex conditions.
The reforms announced today have the potential to change this appalling situation. But ultimately they should be judged on the outcomes they achieve for patients.
Chronic pain is a complex health issue.
Pain management is one of the most neglected aspects of health care; our failure to adequately address chronic pain is a major driver of its economic and social burden.