December, 2016

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Big spending is the new normal

, Dec 08, 2016

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

, Sep 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

, Aug 30, 2012

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

, Aug 03, 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

, Aug 03, 2011

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

, Apr 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

, Apr 21, 2010

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

, Mar 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

, Mar 10, 2010

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

, Nov 24, 2008

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.