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.
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.
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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.