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The Health Funding Paradox

The Health Funding Paradox

The bill for health services reflects the power balance between seller and buyer. This is the health funding paradox. Why do health experts around the world get so angry about privatised healthcare? Wouldn’t private health insurance companies be more efficient...
Australian hospital safety scores

Australian hospital safety scores

How can Australian’s access hospitals safety scores? Sadly, Australian’s can only access one timid government website, called MyHospitals. The information is frequently out of date and contains only a tiny amount of the data actually collected on hospital...
Hospital reform is coming

Hospital reform is coming

Hospital reform is comingHospitals have always been dangerous places. But changing procedures has always met with aggressive resistance from medical, business and political circles. Florence Nightingale revolutionised Victorian hospitals by throwing out untrained and...
Hospital errors and secrecy

Hospital errors and secrecy

3 SEPTEMBER, 2014 Bureaucratic reports Actual numbers Politics Hospital errors, the hidden death toll Australian’s are accustomed to hearing from politicians that they have the ‘best health systems in the world’. It is routinely declared to be ‘safe and affordable’....
Taking risks in Recovery

Taking risks in Recovery

31 AUGUST, 2015 Lack of accountability Lack of safe staffing levels Avoidable errors Hospitals should not take unnecessary risks by cutting staff in Recovery Accreditation for hospitals and nursing homes follows a simplistic, sometimes irrelevant approach. Things...
Greek tragedy

Greek tragedy

Both governments and private insurers are struggling with hospital accountabilityGovernments across the Western world are struggling with the health care troika. Skyrocketing costs, an ageing population and an unproductive, secretive and very powerful industry. So...
Basic tests, unnecessary errors

Basic tests, unnecessary errors

Basic blood tests could have shown risk of seizures A slight, eighty year old woman was admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke. After spending several weeks of treatment, the doctors declared she was stable. She was then assessed for rehabilitation. The...
Mental illness and street violence

Mental illness and street violence

Having a mental illness should not mean being homeless and bullied by gangs An man with blood on his face came to the hospital Emergency Department. He was unshaven, wearing dirty clothes and smelt strongly of cigarettes. The triage nurse at the front desk asked if he...
Nursing home death ignored

Nursing home death ignored

31 AUGUST, 2015 An unaccountable environment Bureaucratic indifference Avoidable errors A man ended up dead from an insulin overdose only a month after being admitted to a nursing home. The media continues to publish stories of poor quality care in nursing homes....
Obesity and surgery

Obesity and surgery

31 AUGUST, 2015 Morbid obesityHigh risk surgeryDeteriation post operatively There are times when ‘saying no’ to medical treatment is safer than saying ‘yes’. Morbid obesity and surgery don’t mix. An morbidly obese woman in her sixties called...
Delayed treatment for a broken leg

Delayed treatment for a broken leg

31 AUGUST, 2015 Repeated delays for surgeryDeep vein thrombosisInadequate anticoagulation Imagine waking up to find the surgery had been cancelled. When Bill booked a skiing weekend, spending unnecessary weeks in hospital were the last thing on his mind. Bill had...
Sexism in surgery

Sexism in surgery

2 MAY, 2015 SexismBullying in hospitals  Hierarchy It started with a book launch. Dr Gabrielle McMullin was introducing the book Pathways to Gender Equality. The Australian Centre for Leadership in Women could not have anticipated the row that would erupt. Her...
Heart attack a long time coming

Heart attack a long time coming

25 AUGUST, 2015 Poor educationLack of basic health care monitoringSudden heart attack Nick has never been interested in exercise. He hated sport at school. Nick’s idea of running around is working twelve hour days. He runs his own business and is very successful. Nick...