Topic archives: australian health care

Big spending is the new normal

Big spending is the new normal

December 8, 2016 2

Better get used to the reality that total government expenses will stay at or above 26% of GDP, writes former APS senior executive Greg Feeney.

Abbott’s ‘health crisis’ myth busted by the numbers

Abbott’s ‘health crisis’ myth busted by the numbers

September 23, 2014

New data suggests individuals are already paying more and governments less on health, so why do we need higher co-payments? An anonymous senior health policy analyst and regular Croakey contributor explains.

Dental reforms welcome but entrench health system problems

August 30, 2012 1

Australia’s dental health has been in decline since 1996 when John Howard scrapped the Commonwealth Dental Program. Labor's new reforms entrench old problems, says Jennifer Doggett.

The Crikey cure for all that ailes you podcast

August 3, 2011

Crikey’s Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane and Crikey deputy editor Jason Whittaker discuss the the latest COAG health reform agreement and how the politics will play out.

Health reform: how to get less of what may not be best for us

August 3, 2011 1

With so many forces driving more and more health spending, surely it’s time you set up The Less is More Institute to identify and advocate for initiatives to reduce the use of health services that are unnecessary, harmful or not good value.

Essential: Voters back health plan, optimistic about change

April 27, 2010

Kevin Rudd has won support for his sweeping health reforms among voters, according to a new Essential Research poll, with most believing it will have a positive impact on health services.

Keane: a big bucket of cash for a small step to reform

April 21, 2010 2

The health deal yesterday is a useful economic reform, but won't do much for health outcomes. And it costs plenty. Every COAG meeting, the price of buying off the states seems to go up, partly because Kevin Rudd is so willing to pay.

Health ID cards unleash ‘scary’ Little Brothers

March 16, 2010

The Healthcare Identifiers Bill introduced last Wednesday is sketchy at best, and Health Minister Nicola Roxon has already been forced into releasing an equally sketchy draft of the accompanying regulations on Friday.

Ten well-kept secrets about health in Australia

March 10, 2010 3

Dr Alex Wodak, president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, offers 10 well-kept secrets about the state of health in Australia.

Safety needs to be the focus of any changes to maternity services

November 24, 2008 1

Professor Barclay et al quite outrageously suggest that the obstetric system currently in place has increased suffering and injury to women and infants, writes Dr Ted Weaver.