Compared to ten similar countries, Australia does well on equity and health care outcomes. But it still has a way to go on access and how well the health system fits together.
NSW needs to mandate masks outdoors, provide adequate financial support, set up a ‘ring of steel’, use rapid tests for essential workers, and ensure cases not in full isolation get to zero, among others.
Pitting health against the economy is a false dichotomy.
With more than 850 changes to Medicare on the cards, the system needs time to adjust. Hasty implementation may mean patients face higher gap fees.
A sustainable private health insurance system requires enough young, healthy people paying premiums and not making claims. But government policies haven’t achieved this. Here’s what to try instead.
Wound care might be costly, but it’s cost-effective, saving health dollars in the long run. The issue is, who pays?
During the pandemic, there have been fewer claims on private health insurance. So why are premiums going up?
Despite a lighter lockdown, Sweden hasn’t avoided the damaging economic disruption experienced elsewhere.
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The economists who support the use of social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 are not only in the majority, they are also more certain of their opinions than those who do not.
Kuranda pub, Far North Queensland.
Each week that we keep bars and restaurants closed will save a mere at handful of lives at an outsized cost per life year saved of more than $12 million.
Leading Australian economists in four countries have signed an open letter calling on the national cabinet to think carefully before easing restrictions ‘for the sake of 'the economy’.
Elective surgeries have been halted as part of the health system’s response to coronavirus. But many are unnecessary and shouldn’t be rescheduled after the pandemic ends.
Over the past week, we’ve seen about 350 new cases per day. If this rate continues, Australia’s current ICU system will be able to cope.
We need a frank public conversation about the full economic costs versus benefits of social distancing.
New private health insurance data show young people are continuing to drop their cover. But the industry’s argument a youth exodus will put pressure on public hospitals isn’t necessarily right.
The family home has largely been protected from mean tests to determine how much older people should pay for their aged care. It’s time this changed.
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Running, jumping, tackling, not to mention handling the ball, means Aussie Rules players risk injuries to their hands and wrists serious enough to send them to the emergency department.
Policy changes have failed to stop young people dropping their private health insurance.
Young people should pay less for private health insurance. So should people who are healthy, as they’re less likely to access private health care.
Those facing large price increases might drop or downgrade their cover.
In April, private health insurance premiums will increase by an average of 2.92%. It’s the lowest rise in 19 years but still much higher than wages growth. And insurers still make a healthy profit.
As more young people drop their private health cover, premiums go up for everyone.
Young people don’t see the value in private health insurance and are dropping their cover in droves. Allowing under 55s to pay lower premiums, based on their lower risk, could keep them in the system.