Bit of bourgeois David?
A Conservative white paper in 1944 suggested ideas for 'free' and 'comprehensive healthcare – but it was Labour that took the advantage.
Ineffective care exposes patients to complications and side-effects and waste precious health care resources.
To avoid ineffective treatments, we need a new way to identify and reduce questionable care. A new Grattan Institute report shows how to do it.
England’s NHS is taking implementing seven-day services in an attempt to reduce excess deaths on weekends.
If you present to a hospital on the weekend, you have a higher chance of dying than if you present during the week. This is known as the "weekend effect".
Medical support is one of the things that makes birth safer.
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Home births are on the up but hospitals still matter.
He says it’s for safety, but is there an ulterior motive?
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If the relationship between the government and the medical profession is the 'politics of the double bed', then this couple are in a rocky patch.
I’d rather be at home.
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Discharging hospital patients sounds easy so why do we get it so wrong?
The issue came to a head last year when the federal budget ripped billions of dollars of hospital funding from the states.
State and territory leaders will meet in Sydney today to nut out solutions to health and education funding gaps. But what exactly is the problem they're hoping to address?
Antibiotic resistance is pressing issue in medicine but the extensive use of antibiotics in farming is part of the problem.
Public hospital funding is in a critical condition.
Any health reform proposals should start by addressing public hospitals and chronic care. But successful change in these areas requires getting the state-Commonwealth funding and incentives right.
Nursing is under pressure.
More nurses and higher education levels - not a change in values - are needed if nursing in Britain is to regain its world-leading status.
Off the wards and into the boardrooms.
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Research suggests that physician-led hospitals do better, so let's have more of them please.
On a downward spiral.
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Families could ease burden of dementia in hospitals but politicians are scared to propose it for fear of branding NHS a 'failure'.
Not necessarily a high five.
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A lot has happened to the NHS since 2010. As a new parliament approaches, which of these have been most critical to the future?
Fewer than one in three surgical trainees are women and the numbers fall as doctors reach advanced training.
In a high-pressure surgical environment, where older male consultants dominate, and there is great competition for training positions and jobs, women are vulnerable to sexual harassment.
The 2015 Intergenerational Report gives only half the picture of health care spending.
The Commonwealth appears to have its health outlays more or less under control. The problem for the states, however, is dire.
Running on empty.
The problems currently crippling the NHS and social care are not happening in a vacuum. The A&E crisis and the critical lack of beds are related to politicians' love for large-scale, rapid and untested…
Most people overestimate the benefits and underestimate the harms of medical intervention.
“It might do me some good and it won’t hurt to give it a go.” How often have you heard a phrase like this? Most people have naïve optimism about medical care. That’s the finding of a systematic review…
Physician assistants provide high-quality care and can help fill Australia’s rural doctor shortage.
At a ceremony in Townsville today, four people will graduate from James Cook University’s physician assistant program. They will be Australia’s first bachelor’s graduates in that field. This is an important…
For patients, the availability of beds is more important than the overall number.
Scanning through the media coverage of the major parties’ health policies one could be forgiven for thinking that hospital beds are the key to health. Sure, hospital spending dominates the health budget…
Elderly patients increasingly have multiple illnesses and are much more difficult to care for.
New medical technologies and treatments over the past few decades have led to remarkable improvements in treating older patients. The annual death rate for an 80-year-old male in 2011 was just 5.6%, compared…