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Private health insurance has been a major focus of Commonwealth government health policy for the last decade. Over this period, the Howard government introduced a number of policy changes which impacted on the take up of private health insurance. The most expensive of these was...
If the outcomes of the recent COAG meeting are implemented, Australia will have a new set of benchmarks for its health system within a few months. This is a non-trivial task. Choice of benchmarks will, explicitly or implicitly, reflect a framework about how the health...
The recognised shortages in most health professions in Australia show that previous attempts at health workforce planning have failed. Stephen J. Duckett argues that one reason for such failure is the lack of appropriate structures for health workforce planning. He makes specific policy suggestions to...
This article argues that if palliative care is to become a universally accessible service, new approaches to funding, based on the experience of funding reforms in other parts of the health system, need to be adopted.