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Syd’s story

Syd’s story

Syd is an Australian woman who thought that having private health insurance would give her more accurate healthcare, by Australian private doctors, with no waiting periods. She was wrong on all counts. Syd is an active woman in her fitties who active and travels...
Not so lucky patients

Not so lucky patients

The Lucky Country and out of pocket costs Australian’s are used to being told they are the ‘lucky country’ and that healthcare is ‘free’. Before you accept this concept as fact, consider the following information. 17% of all total health...
Florence in a private hospital

Florence in a private hospital

How much has changed since the 19th Century?   Florence Nightingale though she had her hands full, trying to reform nineteenth century English hospitals. Run down hospitals, drunken unskilled nursing aids, surgeons who refused to wash their hands and patients left...
Who owns the health budget?

Who owns the health budget?

Whose money is it anyway?   Several articles passed through my in-box this week. Both of them reminded me of daily life as a nurse. Both raise the issues of billions of health dollars wasted every year while powerful health unions fight health reform. First. A story...
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 move The 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...
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...
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...