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  • Sale of Medibank Private: key arguments Posted 1/04/2014 by Amanda Biggs GeorgeMPhotography/Shutterstock.com The Minister for Finance has announced that the Government will sell the government-owned private health insurer Medibank Private Limited (MPL) sometime in the 2014-15 year, via an initial public offering (IPO). The long-expected decision follows the recommendations of
    Date: 01/04/2014 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/3087151 - Source: FlagPost - Author: BIGGS, Amanda

  • Explainer: paying for GP services Posted 19/03/2014 by Amanda Biggs LeventeGyori/Shutterstock.com Recently the debate around healthcare has focused on paying for GP services. The proposal for a patient co-payment is one example. Other proposals include capitation, blended payments and managed care. Arguments over the best funding models for primary care
    Date: 19/03/2014 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/3062122 - Source: FlagPost - Author: BIGGS, Amanda

  • How much does Medicare cost? Posted 21/02/2014 by Amanda Biggs Wikimedia Commons The Treasurer, Mr Hockey said on Channel Seven’s Sunrise program on 21 February 2014, that the cost of Medicare was going to soon rise from $65 billion a year to $75 billion a year. However, the official transcript
    Date: 21/02/2014 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/3017282 - Source: FlagPost - Author: BIGGS, Amanda

  • Evidence around GP co-payments and over servicing Posted 19/02/2014 by Amanda Biggs Wikimedia Commons One argument forwarded in support of the recent proposal to impose a co-payment for GP visits is that it has the potential to reduce ‘over servicing’, and therefore overall health costs. Over servicing occurs where an
    Date: 19/02/2014 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/3009620 - Source: FlagPost - Author: BIGGS, Amanda

  • ISSN 1328-8091 Warning: All viewers of this digest are advised to visit the disclaimer appearing at the end of this document. The disclaimer sets out the status and purpose of the digest. BILLS DIGEST NO. 42, 2013-14 11 FEBRUARY 2014 Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2013 Measures No. 1) Bill 2013 Leah
    Date: 11/02/2014 - Collection: Bills and Legislation - ID: legislation/billsdgs/2993013 - Source: Bills Digest Service - Author: FERRIS, Leah - KNOWL...

  • ISSN 1328-8091 Warning: All viewers of this digest are advised to visit the disclaimer appearing at the end of this document. The disclaimer sets out the status and purpose of the digest. BILLS DIGEST NO. 39, 2013-14 5 FEBRUARY 2014 National Health Amendment (Simplified Price Disclosure) Bill 2013 Leah Ferris
    Date: 05/02/2014 - Collection: Bills and Legislation - ID: legislation/billsdgs/2981745 - Source: Bills Digest Service - Author: FERRIS, Leah

  • January 30, 2014 Medicare at 30 By Amanda Biggs Image: Department of Human Services Medicare, Australia's universal health insurance scheme marks its 30th anniversary on 1 February 2014. For 30 years Australians have had free public hospital treatment and subsidised medical services; free if the doctor bulk bills. Medicare is
    Date: 30/01/2014 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/2970355 - Source: FlagPost - Author: BIGGS, Amanda

  • ISSN 1328-8091 Warning: All viewers of this digest are advised to visit the disclaimer appearing at the end of this document. The disclaimer sets out the status and purpose of the digest. BILLS DIGEST NO. 35, 2013-14 28 JANUARY 2014 Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Amanda Biggs Social
    Date: 28/01/2014 - Collection: Bills and Legislation - ID: legislation/billsdgs/2966813 - Source: Bills Digest Service - Author: BIGGS, Amanda

  • ISSN 1328-8091 Warning: All viewers of this digest are advised to visit the disclaimer appearing at the end of this document. The disclaimer sets out the status and purpose of the digest. BILLS DIGEST NO. 34, 2013-14 23 JANUARY 2014 Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [and] Building
    Date: 23/01/2014 - Collection: Bills and Legislation - ID: legislation/billsdgs/2958114 - Source: Bills Digest Service - Author: MURPHY, Jaan - HOLME...

  • January 23, 2014 Keeping our sharks....at a distance By Bill McCormick Grant Peters/Flickr In the last three years there have been six fatal shark attacks on popular beaches in Western Australia. In response, the state government announced on 10 December 2013 a program to catch large sharks (great white, bull
    Date: 23/01/2014 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/2958209 - Source: FlagPost - Author: MCCORMICK, Bill

  • 104 Parliamentary Library Briefing Book: Key Issues for the 44th Parliament The coal seam gas debate Dr Alex St John, Science, Technology, Environment and Resources KEY ISSUE Coal seam gas (CSG) is a polarising issue in some communities. Proponents argue that CSG is a vital energy resource, necessary for continued
    Date: 16/12/2013 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/2901323 - Source: PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY BRI... - Author: ST JOHN, Alexander

  • 20 Parliamentary Library Briefing Book: Key Issues for the 44th Parliament Some economic effects of inequality Dr Anne Holmes, Economics KEY ISSUE There are a number of reasons why inequality may harm a country’s economic performance. At a microeconomic level, inequality increases ill health and health spending and reduces the
    Date: 16/12/2013 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/2901242 - Source: PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY BRI... - Author: HOLMES, Anne

  • 70 Parliamentary Library Briefing Book: Key Issues for the 44th Parliament The crisis in the caring workforce Marilyn Harrington and Dr Rhonda Jolly, Social Policy KEY ISSUE Ongoing workforce shortages are inhibiting Australia’s ability to meet increasing demands for high quality child care and aged care. They also potentially limit
    Date: 16/12/2013 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/2901292 - Source: PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY BRI... - Author: HARRINGTON, Marilyn...

  • 68 Parliamentary Library Briefing Book: Key Issues for the 44th Parliament Out-of-pocket payments for health care—finding a way forward Roy Harvey, Social Policy KEY ISSUE Out-of-pocket payments for health care mean that some low income people do not access needed health care and many experience significant financial difficulties in paying
    Date: 16/12/2013 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/2901284 - Source: PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY BRI... - Author: HARVEY, Roy

  • 56 Parliamentary Library Briefing Book: Key Issues for the 44th Parliament Sustainable funding of health care: challenges ahead Amanda Biggs, Social Policy KEY ISSUE A number of reports highlight the growing burden on governments to fund health care services. This is being driven by population ageing, expensive medical interventions, community
    Date: 16/12/2013 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/2901272 - Source: PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY BRI... - Author: BIGGS, Amanda

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