A new Grattan report recommends making general practice a team sport, using the skills of other clinicians and health-care workers.
Online and phone consultations might ease pressure on local clinics and mean you can access paperwork when visiting a GP isn’t possible. But there are downsides to be aware of too.
With cost blow-outs and global economic strife looming, the economic challenge for the Albanese government is great.
Michelle & Amanda 18.10.
In this podcast, Michelle and politics + society editor Amanda Dunn discuss next week's budget, which is set to slash Coalition programs and promises and implement the Albanese government's priorities
This isn’t the first time Australians’ Medicare numbers have been exposed.
Pandemic-related policies made it easier for states to afford to cover more people and made that coverage more stable for millions of Americans who rely on the program for health care.
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.
A new law will let Medicare bargain for the first time. But a health policy scholar explains why it’s unlikely to make much of a difference in how much seniors – or anyone else – pays for their meds.
Health Minister Mark Butler warns COVID wave will worsen
Michelle Grattan speaks with Health Minister Mark Butler about Australia's new COVID crisis and striking a new response
A health policy researcher explains how doctors determine their pay rates, and the system that lets them do it.
Primary care and COVID will be the top two challenges for new government. But the likely ministers have strong credentials.
GPs say they can’t survive on bulk-billing. But abandoning it altogether might leave vulnerable patients out in the cold.
Labor’s election pledge for Medicare includes some additional funding, but to strengthen the system, it needs to improve people’s access to doctors.
Medicare has been mentioned a lot this election campaign. But what have the major parties actually promised? Five experts grade their policies.
A national dental care program is welcome news, but raises several ‘billion-dollar’ questions about how the program will work and what will be covered. Here are seven principles to guide decisions.
Canada’s health system does not include dental coverage, leaving a large gap in care that’s existed since its beginning. It’s time to ensure access to oral care.
Although Medicare has agreed to pay for Aduhelm, its coverage comes with restrictions.
Such an expansive scheme is very expensive. It has been costed at A$77.6 billion over the next decade, funded with new taxes on big corporations and billionaires.
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.
People who need the most health care – the poor and the chronically ill – miss out on care the most. But there are ways to reduce this inequity.