A new Grattan report recommends making general practice a team sport, using the skills of other clinicians and health-care workers.
Three out of five said yes.
The budget forecast steep NDIS costs, but also allocated funds to review and support the scheme in sustainable ways that could contribute positively to the economy.
The budget gets on with the job of implementing the health policies already promised. But there’s still more to do to get the new government’s policy settings right.
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.
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.
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.
While states are responsible for running hospitals, the federal government shares responsibility for paying for them. But it’s an uneasy relationship.
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.
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.
Health economists have tools for weighing up the benefits and costs of medical interventions. And they aren’t perfect.