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Policy Monographs

policy-monographs

Policy Monographs (PM) are pieces directly commenting on government policy, new programs or legislation.

  • An Ounce of Prevention? A Toolkit for Evaluating Preventive Health Measures

    26 Nov 2014 | PM143

    How can a policymaker predict whether a preventive health program will save money over the long term? These eight questions will help guide any preliminary evaluation, whether the program in question involves... Read More

  • Lessons from Singapore: Opt-Out Health Savings Accounts for Australia

    28 Jul 2014 | PM140

    Singapore’s distinctive health funding and service provision arrangements have delivered comparable First World standards of care and health outcomes at much lower cost. A new vision for funding health... Read More

  • Overcoming Governance and Cost Challenges for Australian Public Hospitals: The Foundation Trust Alternative

    14 Oct 2013

    Adapting the UK Foundation Hospital Trust governance and management model to the Australian health system can improve the productivity and financial sustainability of public hospitals in conjunction with... Read More

  • Overcoming Governance and Cost Challenges for Australian Public Hospitals: The Foundation Trust Alternative

    13 Oct 2013 | PM137

    Adapting the UK Foundation Hospital Trust governance and management model to the Australian health system can improve the productivity and financial sustainability of public hospitals in conjunction with... Read More

  • How the NSW Coalition Should Govern Health: Strategies for Microeconomic Reform

    11 Jul 2012 | PM128

    In an ever-tightening fiscal environment, the focus of NSW health policy must be the microeconomic reform of the rigid, public service monopoly model of public hospital care. The adoption of market or... Read More

  • How! Not How Much: Medicare Spending and Health Resource Allocation in Australia

    16 Mar 2011 | PM114

    This report traces the evolution of Australian health policy and its consequences across half a century. The public hospital 'crisis,' a political nightmare for all Australian governments, is a legacy... Read More

  • Like the Curate’s Egg: A Market-based Response and Alternative to the Bennett Report

    Jeremy Sammut | 26 Nov 2009 | PM104

    The National Health and Hospital Reform Commission (NHHRC) has acknowledged the need to ensure health services are responsive to the needs of patients, and has recommended some very limited market-based... Read More

  • The Past is the Future for Public Hospitals: An Insider’s Perspective on Hospital Administration

    John R. Graham | 08 Oct 2009 | PM102

    Drawing on his vast experience, Dr Graham explains why the only future for public hospitals is to reclaim the best features of their past and reclaim their freedom from the clutches of the bureaucracies... Read More

  • Why Public Hospitals Are Overcrowded: Ten Points for Policymakers

    Jeremy Sammut | 01 Aug 2009 | PM99

    Despite the billions of taxpayer dollars poured into the public hospital system each year, public bed resources are only two-thirds of the OECD average and well below international par in every state. ... Read More

  • Radical Surgery: The Only Cure for New South Wales Hospitals

    Wolfgang Kasper | 27 Jan 2009 | PM91

    Wolfgang Kasper argues that the hospital malaise can only be remedied by removing the central, bureaucratic control of hospitals and creating opportunities for spontaneous, decentralised and customer-oriented... Read More

  • A Streak of Hypocrisy: Reactions to the Global Financial Crisis and Generational Debt

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Dec 2008 | PM90

    Dr Jeremy Sammut says that ‘household savings have collapsed due to an unnecessary dependence on welfare handouts. A new era of thrift is overdue!’ Read More

  • Harmacy: The Political Economy of Community Pharmacy in Australia

    David Gadiel | 10 Dec 2008 | PM89

    The regulatory environment that governs community pharmacy has created one of Australia’s most protected industries. It is a beneficiary of government largesse and central regulation and control in state,... Read More

  • The False Promise of GP Super Clinics Part 2: Coordinated Care

    Jeremy Sammut | 20 Jun 2008 | PM85

    The report’s author Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for the Rudd government’s plan to use GP Super Clinics to boost prevention of chronic disease and ‘take the pressure off public hospitals’... Read More

  • The False Promise of GP Super Clinics: Part 1: Preventive Care

    Jeremy Sammut | 06 May 2008 | PM84

    Dr Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for preventive care programs to help make the Medicare system sustainable, given the demands of the ageing of Australia’s population, the rising chronic disease... Read More

  • The Coming Crisis of Medicare: What the Intergenerational Reports should say, but doesn’t, about health and ageing

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 Oct 2007 | PM79

    The demographic and medical realities of the twenty-first century mean that Medicare can no longer provide every citizen with ‘free’ access to all the new medicine.  Without reform, healthcare in... Read More

  • The Organisation of Residential Aged Care for an Ageing Population

    Warren Hogan | 02 Jul 2007 | PM76

    At the heart of this new paper is the re-assertion of the need for a system of accommodation bonds. Hogan reiterates that a key factor limiting the supply of extra beds is the high cost of developing new... Read More