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The real cost of health care

The real cost of health care

The cost of health care reflects the power imbalance between seller and buyer  Why do health experts around the world get so upset about proposals to privatised healthcare? Wouldn’t private health insurance companies be more efficient at managing health services...
Private dissatisfaction

Private dissatisfaction

The ‘Harley street specialist’ model of medicine does not belong in the 21st century   A new survey released today has found only half of people with private health insurance are clear about what their policy covers. Only one in four finds it easy to...
private healthcare pricing

private healthcare pricing

The dirty little secret of private healthcare pricing   Pricing secrets allow costs to be artificially inflated. Pubic information on the costs of delivering tests, hospital admissions and treatments would expose excessive profit margins and allow consumers to...
National Health sell off

National Health sell off

NHS sold off in UK private healthcare moveThe British National Health Service (NHS), long held up as a shining example of a cost effective model of healthcare, is being ‘put up for tender’. And as in Australia, public debate or rigorous cost analysis in...
Not enough beds cliches

Not enough beds cliches

Stop repeating cliches about ‘not enough beds’ and start looking at alternatives like startups   I commend The Age and the ABC for their recent expose of the 7 11 scams. However when it comes to health, I feel both these media outlets publish shallow...
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...
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...