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Regional Access to Quality Health Care.

Regional Access to Quality Health Care.

Regional Australians attempting to access quality health care can often encounter challenges unexperienced by their city counterparts. The demand versus the more limited supply means that options can be fewer, distances travelled much greater and costs prohibitive. While access to doctors isn’t always an issue, access to specialists can be difficult. This was the issue… 

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Health Insurance Comparison Services - should you use them?

Health Insurance Comparison Services - should you use them?

A plethora of health insurance comparison services have sprung up in recent times. Probably the best known is iSelect having been active for some years. Now there are lots of comparison services available to Australians such as Comparethemarket, Choosi, HealthInsuranceComparison.com.au, HelpMeChoose.com.au, youcompare.com.au, compareinsurance, moneytime (part owned by HCF) and Canstar. You could be forgiven for… 

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Charging for public health services could help save the health system

Charging for public health services could help save the health system

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the importance of “price signals” for health services that the community has come to regard as typically “free”. The idea is that if we charge people a small “co-payment” for emergency services or bulk-billed GP visits (say around $5-$6 a visit) then this gives signals to the… 

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Driving treatment outcomes in favour of the patient

Driving treatment outcomes in favour of the patient

A recent article in the Financial Review (Stephen Duckett Next step in health reform, p47, AFR 3/7/13) explained how Australian general practitioners are remunerated primarily on a fee per visit basis. There is clear commercial incentive here to maximise the number of visits. I can’t see how that model of remuneration is going to deliver… 

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Why paying full rate for private rooms is good for the public health system

Why paying full rate for private rooms is good for the public health system

Westfund is committed to supporting the public health system by paying the full rate for private rooms used by our members in public hospitals. Recent media reports seem to suggest that some “for profit” funds are putting public hospitals under pressure by refusing to pay the full day rate for private rooms. It’s worth noting… 

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