A recently-aired ABC Four Corners program aptly titled “Wasted” exposed three areas of unnecessary, ineffective and outright dangerous health interventions, in knee, spinal and heart surgery. The show’s host, Norman Swan, presumably extrapolating from the findings in those three areas,… more
Posts by Robert Sturrock
The new budget might seem to be groundbreaking, but what does it really mean for health? Jennifer Doggett cuts through the fat of the 2011 budget. In Federal politics, as in MasterChef, a well-presented signature dish can give you the… more
CPD health expert, Jennifer Doggett, takes a look at the introduction last week into Federal Parliament of legislation to establish the National Health and Hospitals Network (NHHN). It’s a step closer to an integrated health system, but she points out… more
Resident CPD health policy expert, Jennifer Doggett, takes a close look at what the government proposes to include in a bill to be introduced to parliament soon. While labor may now be calling for means testing the private health insurance… more
Are the ads made by John Singleton attacking the ALP’s health record telling the whole story? Jennifer Doggett tunes in
The Coalition released its health and hospitals package today, including a pledge to establish local hospital boards. Before the paperwork stacks up too high, Jennifer Doggett has a closer look at the policy
There’s a big difference between having a bad hair day and getting sick, writes Jennifer Doggett, and that’s why we need more action on health care affordability
Jennifer Doggett considers that the significance of the COAG meeting on health reform needs to be seen in terms of politics, rather than policy.
Jennifer Doggett puts the spotlight on a significant gap in the health reform debate – the growing proportion of health funding that comes directly from patient’s pockets, as co-payments or out of pocket expenses.