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Rundle: poverty, incompetence and a failed heathcare system a lethal mix for Ebola — in the US

Ebola has come to the United States, and Crikey’s writer-at-large finds that the American healthcare system and bureaucracy are staggeringly unprepared for an epidemic.

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East West Link dead in the water

Crikey readers talk Victoria’s East West Link and Queensland’s spotty sexual health record.

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Essential: Labor leader’s odds Shorten as Abbott falls further behind

Women have warmed to Labor’s Bill Shorten, a new Essential poll shows, as the Coalition continues its post-budget slump. And Australians don’t like drones.

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Maybe baby: IVF company profits up, but can they last?

The IVF industry is booming, with profits up and share prices rising. But are the private companies performing the procedure accountable to their clients or their shareholders? Can they do both? And does it matter?

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Nicht nachmachen! Lessons in Germany’s failed GP co-pay

Germany recently scrapped a GP co-pay similar to the one being brought in by the Australian government. Crikey intern Danielle Thompson asks: will Australia’s work out any better?

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Health: political theatre aside, health cuts a bitter pill to swallow

The government has delivered a masterful stroke of political pageantry in linking a GP co-payment with medical research funds. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of the poor and the sick, writes health journalist and Croakey contributor Jennifer Doggett.

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Research is fine, but what can we do today for health?

Crikey readers talk overhauling the healthcare system and the relative merits of roads.

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The Commission of Audit: a lazy trip through the mind of Tony Shepherd

Any good ideas from the Commission of Audit are lost in the ideological detritus of an old businessman’s worldview, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Hockey’s spending challenge: stop it getting worse first

Joe Hockey’s task in reining in spending on health, education and welfare is first to prevent the Coalition’s policies from making it worse.

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Five ways our ageing population will help the economy

Our ageing population will present challenges. But former Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing chairman Everald Compton says the demographic shift presents plenty of positive opportunities if you know where to look.

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Challenging the sacred cow of Medicare

Medicare is great — right? Health journalist Jennifer Doggett examines the case for our political leaders to challenge the sacred cow of Medicare and tweak the system so it’s fairer and more efficient.

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Six health policies we won’t hear about in this election campaign

Private health care, co-payments and the impact of climate change on healthcare are just a few of the things the major parties are ignoring in their campaigning, writes Jennifer Doggett.

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Fiona Stanley: the secret to improving indigenous healthcare

Empowering indigenous Australians to take charge of their own healthcare proved more successful than epidemiologist and public health advocate Fiona Stanley ever imagined. She writes in the latest GriffithREVIEW.

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Vaccination pricks

Crikey readers talk the importance of vaccination and tax reform.

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The ethics of enforced child vaccinations

There is a broad consensus in the medical community that immunisation is safe, effective and healthy — although not all parents agree. Monash University Law School associate professor Dr Paula Gerber says making childcare conditional upon being vaccinated violates a child’s human rights.

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A call for meaningful action: previewing national mental health summit

On any given day, a person with serious mental illness is twice as likely to die. A national meeting tomorrow will be the first of its kind — and all eyes will be watching how the money is doled out, writes Mark Ragg.

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Budget mega-wrap: healthcare announcements and reactions

Crikey’s health blog Croakey compiles everything you want to know about healthcare initiatives, including an overview of key announcements and reactions from experts.

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PromiseWatch 2013: mental health services policy

What are the major parties promising in terms of mental health services? Crikey journalist Andrew Crook and the CDP’s Julia Hosking find out.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Raising tax, removing subsidies: out of the box ideas to boost population health

If the federal government wanted to use the forthcoming budget to boost population health, what would it do? Melissa Sweet quizzes a panel of experts who contribute to Crikey’s health blog Croakey.

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Less cynicism about the Anzac spirit

Crikey readers talk healthcare costs, advertising on the Bureau of Meteorology website and the Anzac spirit.

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The rise and rise of health spending — but don’t blame the old people

Health spending and health employment are surging in Australia. But it’s not inevitable, as the experience of other countries shows. And it’s not necessarily being driven by the ageing population.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

NT govt’s ‘problem drinkers’ policy: reasons to be concerned

The NT government’s proposed initiative to mandatorily detain “problem drinkers” is discriminatory and risks causer wider harm. Win Yee Tan and Melanie Johnson explain why.

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Pickled policy: why NT’s mandatory grog rehab scheme is doomed for failure

The NT government’s $100 million plan to detain citizens who have not committed crimes but are regularly liquored-up in public is the latest alcohol initiative that won’t work — and more than likely exacerbate the problem.

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The story of the Broken Hill Table Tennis Club — and its significance for rural health

The story of the Broken Hill Table Tennis Club tells us something about how the social and economic fortunes of mining towns can rise and fall — with wide-ranging implications for health, writes Melissa Sweet.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Indigenous wellbeing in the spotlight at National Rural Health Conference

Indigenous health issues have featured prominently at this year’s National Rural Health Conference. Crikey’s health blog Croakey folds together coverage of three insightful reports.

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