The states have forfeited the right to run community health services, says psychiatrist Professor Alan Rosen. It's time for a federal takeover and the establishment of "one-stop-shop" primary health care centres.
GPs who have a special interest in treating back pain are more likely to recommend tests and treatments that are ineffective or possibly even harmful.
The health networks across Australia which are funded by the Federal Government to deliver vital primary care services have no idea of their future at this critical time.
If doctors were paid by capitation (i.e. by the number of people they serve) or by salaries would there be so many PSA tests? Gavin Mooney writes.
Judging by the experiences in the UK and USA, we will be in for some major challenges if a vaccine scare gets traction in Australia, writes Julile Leask.
The Federal Government’s new report on maternity services could be just what the doctor ordered, write Lesley Barclay and Jenny Gamble.
Reports today that Treasury has repeatedly told the Rudd Government that the Private Health Insurance (PHI) rebate is inefficient is hardly surprising news, writes Dr Tim Woodruff.
Therapy over the web, when supervised by an expert clinician, is surprisingly effective, writes Gavin Andrews.
One of the many major challenges confronting President Barack Obama is reform of the US health care system., writes Dr Lesley Russell.
Physician assistants are an option for many countries with numerous small isolated and underserved communities with poorer health outcomes, writes Dr Dennis Pashen.