Opinion

Opinion Pieces

Helena Britt, Director of the Family Medicine Research Centre, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney If government wants to make health care sustainable, it should invest in primary care to improve the integration of, and communication between, these different parts of the health system....

Max Kamien, Emeritus Professor of General Practice & Corlis Fellow of the RACGP at University of Western Australia; Australia spent $16 billion on GP-related health care in 2012-13. That’s about $690 for each person. Given that our public health system means each of us is paying for health care...

Stephen Leeder, Emeritus Professor, Menzies Centre for Health Policy at University of Sydney; The federal contribution to hospital funding will be cut in 2017, putting pressure on the states and territories to meet the growing cost of health care. If we wish to increase the state and territory contribution...

Mark Mackay et.al, Senior Lecturer, Health Care Management, School of Medicine at Flinders University; The introduction of a GP co-payment could see average emergency department visits increase by between six minutes and almost three hours, new modelling shows, as more patients opt for free hospital care rather than paying...

Justin Waring, Director, Professor of Organisational Sociology at University of Nottingham; Hospital patients find themselves being transferred into the community only to find inadequate support or care, leading to further need for hospital care. Often the problems that led to admission become complicated by other, unanticipated healthcare concerns. The...