THE AUSTRALIAN Government is allowing for-profit private insurance companies to tender to run its new ‘Primary Health Networks’ which will oversee GP care across Australia.
A GRATTAN Institute report, Dying Well, shows that Australia is far behind other OECD countries when it comes to home-based palliative care services to allow people to die in their own homes.
IF more proof was required about the negative impact that the proposed Medicare and PBS co-payments will have on people’s health and hip pockets, it has arrived. The University of Sydney released a study in July estimating the additional out-of-pocket costs with which Australian patients will be hit.
THE PUBLICLY run Australian Hearing is facing privatisation with the Australian Budget announcement of a “scoping study” to determine how it can be run by a private enterprise.