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If GPs pass on cost from rebate freeze, poorer, sicker patients will be hardest hit

27 March 2017

Image 20170124 8085 p0tj0d   Not even a fortnight in the job and the newly appointed health minister, Greg Hunt, is already facing pressure from medical organisations[https://ama.com.au/sites/default/files/documents/180117%20-%20AMA%20Welcomes%20New%20Health%20Minister.pdf] to scrap the controversial freeze on Medicare rebate indexation....

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Health System Sustainability

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Citizen power can drive mental health reform

27 March 2017

Image 20170308 14963 1rihxap Citizen panels and juries around the world are having their say about how health funding is prioritised and allocated. The Conversation It’s time this happened in Australia, particularly...

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Will punishing medical errors improve safety?

27 March 2017

Image 20170315 11529 55nnk5 Australian public hospitals will soon be penalised for serious errors, with the aim of improving the quality and safety of health services. The punitive measure was a core proposal...

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Why aren’t we using the My Health Record?

24 March 2017

Image 20170316 20774 1bbc6y7 The My Health Record is an online summary of personal health information that patients can share with health providers. As many as one in five Australians have a...

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Here’s how much it would cost the government to pay everyone who takes care of family with mental illness

23 March 2017

Image 20170321 5408 184jzfx Primary carers for people with mental illness in Australia do so for an average 36 hours per week – yet this work is not officially acknowledged and largely...

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Explainer: what is delirium and is it dangerous?

16 March 2017

Image 20170203 1657 l344hg   The woman suffered two strokes in succession. The first was minor[https://theconversation.com/a-mini-stroke-is-a-warning-a-stroke-may-follow-64486] and her condition improved quickly. The second came on suddenly and was more severe[https://theconversation.com/how-to-recognise-a-stroke-and-what-you-should-know-about-their-treatment-63651]. The Conversation Luckily she was able...

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Clinical Impacts

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Dr Google isn’t the worst place to get your health advice

13 March 2017

Who is your preferred source for health advice? Gwyneth Paltrow? Pete Evans? Or qualified medical practitioners – like Dr Oz? I hate to break it to you, but if you’re getting advice from...

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Why do specialists get paid so much and does something need to be done about it?

07 March 2017

Image 20170306 919 1i4qbsr This week the Medical Journal of Australia[https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2017/206/4/variation-outpatient-consultant-physician-fees-australia-specialty-and-state-and] published a paper[https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2017/206/4/variation-outpatient-consultant-physician-fees-australia-specialty-and-state-and] and commentary[https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2017/206/4/variation-fees-medical-specialists-problems-causes-solutions] that highlighted the huge variation in specialists’ fees and the associated out-of-pocket costs for patients. High specialist fees in this country, and...

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Health System Sustainability

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What’s most likely to kill you?

22 February 2017

Image 20170207 27202 ybzlw4 You’re far more likely to drown in the water than get killed by a shark, so why are we more afraid of the latter? from www.shutterstock.com.au Hassan Vally[https://theconversation.com/profiles/hassan-vally-202904], La Trobe University[http://theconversation.com/institutions/la-trobe-university-842] It’s...

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Clinical Impacts

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Sobering health stats in latest Productivity Commission report

01 February 2017

Image 20170201 12649 wemiz8 New health minister Greg Hunt probably choked over his breakfast cereal this morning as he read the blandly titled Report on Government Services 2017[http://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/report-on-government-services/2017/health], released by the Productivity Commission[http://www.pc.gov.au/] today. The...

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