Health facts and priorities each fortnight from the Centre for Policy Development and the Australian Health Policy Institute
John Menadue argues that we could gain more from Health Sector resources if we re-direct our attention from a hospital and sickness model to a primary care and wellbeing model.
In early June 2005 the Council of Australian Governments meeting, the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers acknowledged the need for health workforce reform. A report is expected from the Productivity Commission by the end of the year. My concern… more
David More on establishing a national IT database of patient records.
Stephen Leeder and Ian McAuley on the crisis facing Australia including increasing premiums, whilst Kerry Goulston on critical problems facing our medical workforce
Stephen Leeder and Ian McAuley write, ‘The more private health insurance there is, the less control there is over health care costs’
Kerry Goulston writes, ‘Many specialists in the public system do not feel valued and are consequently losing their commitment and engagement with the public hospital system.’
Director of Medicine for Macarthur Health, Dr Brad Frankum, speaks about a wasteful use of resources, media sensationalism, micro-management from above and professional abdication of responsibility. He calls for greater community participation in the governance of public hospitals and for doctors… more
‘US pharmaceutical companies don’t like the way that Australia, through the PBAC, sets drug prices. The Australian system brings great benefit to the Australian consumer. Dr David Henry has insider experience on the PBAC and describes how it works