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Empowering patients might have more to do with bean-counting than you realise. sfam_photo

Handing more control to patients could just be cost-cutting in disguise

In Austerity Britain, few cutbacks capture the public ire like those directed towards the beloved NHS. In the public consciousness at least, it seems the NHS must remain outside the whims of party politics…
Commotion outside house of infected nurse Teresa Ramos near Madrid. EPA

Ebola won’t gain a foothold in Western countries – here’s why

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the worst in recorded history. There have been in excess of 7,400 cases and 3,439 deaths, primarily in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. More recently, the spread of…
There has been much ado about the new EU/US trade agreement’s potential effect on the NHS. EPA

Make no mistake, the TTIP is a move in the wrong direction

This week has witnessed the seventh round of talks between EU and US negotiators seeking to hammer out a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). These have been mired in controversy over…
Remember this look? matheo

NHS must think like Google to make data project work

As the UK government wrangles with the sticky problem of how to make health records useful for research without compromising privacy, it might look to how Google has evolved for inspiration. Google was…
The floodgates are open, bring on the age of 3D printing. S zillayali

The printed face is just the beginning of a 3D revolution

The news that a man in Wales was able to have his face reconstructed after a serious motorbike accident has brought the wonder of 3D printing to the mainstream. It’s the result of changes in regulation…
Some registered professions are being excluded from rebates for services they can provide. Image from shutterstock.com

Private health insurance rebates restrict consumer choice

The pre-Christmas announcement that private health insurance premiums will rise by an average of 6.2% in 2014 has raised concerns about affordability. But while consumers aren’t expected to drop their…
Learning on the job could make a real difference to healthcare. Tricia Wang

Developing countries and the MOOC learning revolution

Universities are being shaken up by a new mode of learning. The world’s elite institutions are opening up courses so thousands of people can learn for free via their laptops, mobiles or tablets. And these…
It’s just a twinge, doctor, but it’s every time I take my face off. JD Hancock

Your body is the next frontier in cybercrime

If you think it’s enough of a chore trying to stop thieves stealing your credit card details and hacking your Facebook, imagine…
Not nuts about nuts? Neither is your bank account. Macinate

Food allergies cost families more than peanuts

Across Europe and the US, the cost of treating food allergies is incredibly high. The reasons remain unclear but rates of food allergies in the UK have risen sharply in the past 20 years and hospital admissions…

Health researchers can learn from soccer

Health care could be improved by taking lessons from the complexities of soccer, according to researchers writing in the…

Too few Australians receive appropriate care

Australians only receive “appropriate” healthcare 57% of the time, according to a study published in the Medical Journal…
After the election, healthcare reform needs to be a priority for the Queensland government. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Queensland’s top five health priorities this election

No matter who wins the Queensland election this Saturday, the next premier of Queensland will have to face up to some serious challenges within the state’s health system. There were improvements made under…
The unfurling National Health Reform Agreement should start to deliver changes to Australia’s health-care system in 2012. AAP

Lost about health-care reform? Here’s where we got to in 2011

Health-care reform was one of the policy areas where much had been promised but little delivered by the start of 2011. Prime Minister Julia Gillard promised that 2011 would be a year of implementation…
Day 15 of OccupyMN protest that has occupied Minneapolis. Meanwhile corporate greed continues unabated. Fibonacci Blue

Health savings accounts: just another greedy corporate scam

At a time when the “Occupy Wall Street” protests against corporate greed are proliferating in the United States and around the world, it’s ironic to read the floating of yet another corporate “get-even-more…

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