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