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All Health Publications

  • Towards a more competitive Medicare: The case for deregulating medical fees and co-payments in Australia

    David Gadiel | 20 Mar 2015 | Research Reports

    This research paper outlines how to introduce a price signal for Medicare without introducing a GP copayment.

  • FEATURE: Research Snapshot: Preventive Health

    Helen Andrews | 20 Jan 2015 | POLICY Magazine

    ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’? In health care, that’s not always true.

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

    Helen Andrews | 26 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    How can a policymaker predict whether a preventive health program will save money over the long term? These eight questions...

  • Helen Hughes: A Tribute

    Glenys Byrne, Greg Lindsay, Noel Pearson, Ron Duncan, Tony Abbott | 27 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately...

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

    David Gadiel, Jeremy Sammut | 28 Jul 2014 | Policy Monographs

    Singapore’s distinctive health funding and service provision arrangements have delivered comparable First World standards...

  • Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government....

  • Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a...

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

    Jeremy Sammut, Peter Phelan | 13 Oct 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Adapting the UK Foundation Hospital Trust governance and management model to the Australian health system can improve the...

  • Saving Medicare: The Case for Market-Based Health Reform

    Jeremy Sammut | 27 Aug 2013 | Speeches

    A speech given by Jeremy Sammut at the Catholic Health National Conference Australia. 26-28 August, 2013

  • TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations

    David Murray AO, Maurice Newman, Simon Cowan | 01 Jul 2013 | Policy Forum

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10...

  • Saving Medicare But NOT As We Know It

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Apr 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government...

  • Tax Welfare Churn and the Australian Welfare State

    Andrew Baker | 27 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The welfare state currently consumes $316 billion a year; however, much of this spending is not targeted at those who need...

  • The Fraught Politics of Saying Sorry for Forced Adoption: Implications for Child Protection Policy in Australia

    Jeremy Sammut | 19 Mar 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Many Australians will believe a national apology for forced adoption is overdue. But there is a danger that the apology will...

  • TARGET30: Towards smaller government and future prosperity

    Peter Saunders, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan | 06 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government, supported by a series of research reports providing policy solutions...

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

    David Gadiel, Jeremy Sammut | 11 Jul 2012 | Policy Monographs

    In an ever-tightening fiscal environment, the focus of NSW health policy must be the microeconomic reform of the rigid, public...

  • FEATURE: One Disease at a Time: Eradicating Scabies in East Arnhem Land

    Sara Hudson | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Inspirational leadership can make a difference to Aboriginal health.

  • FEATURE: The New Future of Old Age

    Peter W. Gallagher | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Science promises a longer and healthier old age.

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

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Mar 2011 | Policy Monographs

    This report traces the evolution of Australian health policy and its consequences across half a century. The public hospital...

  • FEATURE: The Fog of Child Protection Politics

    Jeremy Sammut | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    The federal government must see through the politics of child protection to ensure that states better protect vulnerable...

  • FEATURE: GP Super Clinics—Has the Market Failed?

    Jim Butler | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    There is no economic rationale for providing additional health care subsidises for GP Super Clinics.

  • Healthy Stores, Healthy Communities: The Impact of Outback Stores on Remote Indigenous Australians

    Sara Hudson | 17 Jun 2010 | Issue Analysis

    The federal government’s initiative to improve remote community stores is crowding out the competition and not delivering...

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

    Jeremy Sammut | 26 Nov 2009 | Policy Monographs

    The National Health and Hospital Reform Commission (NHHRC) has acknowledged the need to ensure health services are responsive...

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

    John R. Graham | 08 Oct 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Drawing on his vast experience, Dr Graham explains why the only future for public hospitals is to reclaim the best features...

  • Why Public Hospitals Are Overcrowded: Ten Points for Policymakers

    Jeremy Sammut | 01 Aug 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Despite the billions of taxpayer dollars poured into the public hospital system each year, public bed resources are only...

  • FEATURE: Medical Training: First Farce then Tragedy

    Steven Schwartz | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    We need to find a way to allow market signals, rather than central planning, to determine how many doctors we need.

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

    Wolfgang Kasper | 27 Jan 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Wolfgang Kasper argues that the hospital malaise can only be remedied by removing the central, bureaucratic control of hospitals...

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

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Dec 2008 | Policy Monographs

    Dr Jeremy Sammut says that ‘household savings have collapsed due to an unnecessary dependence on welfare handouts. A new...

  • FEATURE: Paying for Self-Medication in Australia

    David Gadiel | 12 Dec 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Whether pharmacy medicine rules protect patients or pharmacies is open to debate.

  • Harmacy: The Political Economy of Community Pharmacy in Australia

    David Gadiel | 10 Dec 2008 | Policy Monographs

    The regulatory environment that governs community pharmacy has created one of Australia’s most protected industries. It...

  • FEATURE: A High-Tax Future for Gen X and Y? Medicare and the intergenerational crisis

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Younger generations will have to pay a high price for baby boomers' health care, but private health savings systems could...

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

    Jeremy Sammut | 20 Jun 2008 | Policy Monographs

    The report’s author Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for the Rudd government’s plan to use GP Super Clinics to boost...

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

    Jeremy Sammut | 06 May 2008 | Policy Monographs

    Dr Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for preventive care programs to help make the Medicare system sustainable, given the...

  • FEATURE: The Real Body Shop, part 2: Spare Parts

    Jeremy Shearmur | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    There is something morally unattractive about selling body parts, but the alternatives are worse.

  • FEATURE: The Real Body Shop, Part 1: Blood and Corpses

    Jeremy Shearmur | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    We should consider allowing the sale of blood and body parts.

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

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 Oct 2007 | Policy Monographs

    The demographic and medical realities of the twenty-first century mean that Medicare can no longer provide every citizen...

  • The Organisation of Residential Aged Care for an Ageing Population

    Warren Hogan | 02 Jul 2007 | Policy Monographs

    At the heart of this new paper is the re-assertion of the need for a system of accommodation bonds. Hogan reiterates that...

  • FEATURE: Australia's State of Health

    Nick Coatsworth | 12 Dec 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Current health care funding policies are not serving patients' interests.

  • FEATURE: Doctors in the Waiting Room

    Nick Coatsworth, Visiting Fellow - Tanveer Ahmed | 12 Dec 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Tanveer Ahmed and Nick Coatsworth diagnose the ills of medical training.

  • FEATURE: Does Australia's Health Insurance System Really Provide Insurance?

    Joshua S. Gans | 09 Sep 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    There is no way of funding health care so that people with private insurance do not pay twice.

  • FEATURE: A Cure for Health Care

    Vern Hughes | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    A consumer empowerment model of health care provides the most feasible strategy out of the current health policy reform impasse.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Economics and Australian Health Policy

    Steven Schwartz | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Economics and Australian Health Policy edited by Gavin Mooney and Richard Scotton (Allen & Unwin, 1998.)

  • Book Review: States of Health: Health and Illness in Australia

    Steven Schwartz | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    States of Health: Health and Illness in Australia (3rd Ed.) by Janet George and Alan Davis (Longman, 1998.)

  • FEATURE: Saving Australia's Health Care System: Nostrums or Cures?

    Steven Schwartz | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    How to bring the market back into health care.

  • FEATURE: The Self-Destruction of Private Health Insurance

    John Logan | 06 Jun 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Medicare and community rating undermine the private health funds.

  • CONTROVERSY: The Individual: A Suitable Case for Denationalisation

    Jeremy Shearmur | 06 Jun 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    A discussion of euthanasia, following its legalisation in the Northern Territory and similar proposals for the ACT and NSW.

  • CONTROVERSY: Innocent Life and the Slippery Slope

    T. C. Delacey | 06 Jun 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The dangers of setting a precedent for the taking of life.

  • FEATURE: The 'Too Many Doctors' Myth

    Harry Clarke | 03 Mar 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Australian federal government's National Health Strategy Unit argues that Australia has too many GPs and that their numbers...

  • FEATURE: Difficulties of Dying

    Hiram Caton | 12 Dec 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    An examination of some of the ethical dilemmas that arise from the ability of modern medical technology to prolong life beyond...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Wood and Trees

    Elizabeth Prior-Jonson | 12 Dec 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Trends in Biomedical edited by Hiram Caton (Butterworths, 1990.)

  • FEATURE: The Health Effects of Smoking: Misreading The Evidence

    Peter Finch | 09 Sep 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Health promotion policies have popularised the view that smoking is a major cause of fatal disease. In the second of two...

  • FEATURE: The Lalonde Doctrine in Action: The Campaign Against Passive Smoking

    Peter Finch | 06 Jun 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    In 1974 Marc Lalonde, Canada's Minister of National Health and Welfare, proposed that health promotion policy should ignore...