The greatest workforce challenge Australia faces is in health, an issue that will likely be with us for another decade. Here’s one way to fix it.
How can we get better primary health care access, quality and affordability that Labor has promised? We need to learn from what’s worked and failed overseas.
Joe Biden is the oldest person to be sworn in as US president. New research shows politicians are likely to live longer than the populations they represent.
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The public expects transparency about politicians’ earnings, but it’s not the only area where elite groups have an advantage.
The rate of very high psychological distress is rising most steeply in the middle aged, especially in middle-aged women on low incomes. New funding should match this need.
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Primary care and COVID will be the top two challenges for new government. But the likely ministers have strong credentials.
Labor’s election pledge for Medicare includes some additional funding, but to strengthen the system, it needs to improve people’s access to doctors.
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While states are responsible for running hospitals, the federal government shares responsibility for paying for them. But it’s an uneasy relationship.
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Medicare has been mentioned a lot this election campaign. But what have the major parties actually promised? Five experts grade their policies.
Health-care costs are continuing to rise faster than wages, so many Australian families are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up.
Family stability can benefit a whole household.
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When states reduce barriers for low-income children to get coverage, their mothers are more likely to be married and less likely to smoke.
Changes in the latest federal budget will mostly affect people who need multiple medicines throughout the year, perhaps for chronic disease. But there are other ways to reduce drug costs.
Overall, health fared poorly in this year’s budget.
Even minor reductions in COVID transmission rates due to early isolation would justify the additional costs associated with the policy.
Free rapid antigen tests makes public health sense and economic sense.
More cases of long COVID can put strain on our health system. So we need to think about where and how we offer care.
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Health economists have tools for weighing up the benefits and costs of medical interventions. And they aren’t perfect.
Singapore will start charging people who choose not to be vaccinated for any COVID-related hospital care. While Australia’s hospitals are also under pressure, we shouldn’t follow suit.
The situation in the delivery room can change suddenly, and doctors need to react fast.
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It’s human nature to unconsciously rely on quick rules to help make spur-of-the-moment decisions. New research finds physicians use these shortcuts, too, which can be bad news for some patients.
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.