Jeremy Sammut

Senior Research Fellow, and Director of the CIS Healthcare Innovations Program

Jeremy Sammut

Expertise: Health system, child protection, social policy issues

Dr Jeremy Sammut is a Senior Research Fellow at The Centre for Independent Studies and the Director of the CIS Healthcare Innovations Program.

A leading advocate of market-based health reform, Jeremy’s health research argues that the long-term sustainability of the Australian health system requires shifting away from reliance on the taxpayer-funded Medicare system towards a self-funded Health Savings Account-based health financing system.  Jeremy’s work has also focused on the structural problems in the Australian health system and has set out far-reaching micro-economic reform agenda that will increase productivity and improve access to necessary services across healthcare spectrum.

His latest report is MEDI-VALUE: Health Insurance and Service Innovation in Australia – Implications for the Future of Medicare.

Jeremy has also published a series of ground breaking research reports for the CIS on the child protection crisis in Australia, which argue for greater use of adoption to give abused children safe and permanent homes. These reports have influenced recent child protection reforms in NSW and Victoria, and his work has led the national debate on adoption reform. His book, The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children, was published in 2015.

Jeremy has a PhD in Australian political and social history from Monash University and has published on historical topics including Australian federation, the WWI conscription referendums, the woman’s suffrage movement, and the White Australia Policy and multiculturalism. A researcher at The Centre for Independent Studies since 2007, Jeremy has authored or co-authored 21 health and social policy research reports and has published more than 120 opinion articles including in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times, The Drum, and Spectator Australia. He frequently comments on health, child protection, and other policy issues in the print, online, and electronic media.


Featured Publication

  • Politically-Feasible Health Reform: Whatever Will It Take? 07 December 2016 | OP153
    Despite the ever-escalating cost of health posing severe fiscal sustainability challenges, health reform has been dumped even more firmly in the politically too-hard basket since the ‘Mediscare’ federal election. A politically-feasible reform strategy is required to catalyse much-needed innovation in…...
    Despite the ever-escalating cost of health posing severe fiscal sustainability challenges, health reform has been dumped even more firmly in the politically too-hard basket since the ‘Mediscare’ federal election. A politically-feasible reform strategy is required to catalyse much-needed innovation in…
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Media & Commentary

  • Traditional culture at odds with closing the gap 16 February 2017 | The Australian
    Nine years, tens-of-billions of dollars, and tonnes of national goodwill have not made much impression on the appalling gaps in social outcomes between the most disadvantaged indigenous Australians and other Australians. This is the depressing finding of the 2017 Closing…
    Nine years, tens-of-billions of dollars, and tonnes of national goodwill have not made much impression on the appalling gaps in social outcomes between the most disadvantaged indigenous Australians and other Australians. This is the depressing finding of the 2017 Closing…
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  • Rudd endorses ‘Stolen Generation’ double standard 14 February 2017 | MEDIA RELEASE
    Kevin Rudd’s description of the removal of at-risk indigenous children from their families being “a new stolen generation” relies on an outdated understanding of the relationship between Aboriginal identity and traditional culture, Centre for Independent Studies researcher Dr Jeremy Sammut…
    Kevin Rudd’s description of the removal of at-risk indigenous children from their families being “a new stolen generation” relies on an outdated understanding of the relationship between Aboriginal identity and traditional culture, Centre for Independent Studies researcher Dr Jeremy Sammut…
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  • Surrendering to PC no longer a political victory 10 February 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The irony of Cory Bernardi’s defection from the Liberal Party should be acknowledged. The political shocks of 2016 have rocked the political establishment in Western democracies. Trump, Brexit, and the revival of One Nation have exposed the divide between significant…
    The irony of Cory Bernardi’s defection from the Liberal Party should be acknowledged. The political shocks of 2016 have rocked the political establishment in Western democracies. Trump, Brexit, and the revival of One Nation have exposed the divide between significant…
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  • Explaining Trump: It’s the culture, stupid! 13 January 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Donald J. Trump’s January 20 inauguration as President of the United States will spark another round of punditry discussing the so-called ‘populist’ turn in Western democracies. Many commentators rightly attribute Trump’s election victory and similar political shocks in other countries…
    Donald J. Trump’s January 20 inauguration as President of the United States will spark another round of punditry discussing the so-called ‘populist’ turn in Western democracies. Many commentators rightly attribute Trump’s election victory and similar political shocks in other countries…
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  • MEDIA RELEASE: Big tick for accountable child protection in NSW. 17 November 2016
      The Baird Government’s response to the Independent Review of Out Of Home Care in NSW should be applauded for making child protection services in the state more accountable, says Dr Jeremy Sammut, author of The Madness of Australian Child…
      The Baird Government’s response to the Independent Review of Out Of Home Care in NSW should be applauded for making child protection services in the state more accountable, says Dr Jeremy Sammut, author of The Madness of Australian Child…
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Publications

  • MEDI-VATION: ‘Health Innovation Communities’ for Medicare Payment and Service Reform 02 November 2016 | RR21
    Health Innovation Communities (HICs) would essentially constitute an Australian ‘Silicon Valley’ for health – hubs for research and development within which the proverbial 1000 flowers will bloom as a plurality of different providers create novel health products and solutions. The good examples and real world (as opposed to trial quality)…...
    Health Innovation Communities (HICs) would essentially constitute an Australian ‘Silicon Valley’ for health – hubs for research and development within which the proverbial 1000 flowers will bloom as a plurality of different providers create novel health products and solutions. The good examples and real world (as opposed to trial quality)…
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  • The Role of Think Tanks: A Reply to the Critics 13 June 2016 | OP145
    Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent: they ensure their research is publically available and seek to ensure it is disseminated via the media to as broad an audience as possible in the hope of swaying public opinion.…...
    Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent: they ensure their research is publically available and seek to ensure it is disseminated via the media to as broad an audience as possible in the hope of swaying public opinion.…
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  • MEDI-VALUE: Health Insurance and Service Innovation in Australia - Implications for the Future of Medicare 20 April 2016 | Research Report 14
    For healthcare innovation to flourish there needs to be a real market for health services in Australia. Providers that deliver cost-effective, patient-centred care should be rewarded for increased efficiency and lower costs by being able to sell that value-proposition to cost-and quality-conscious purchasers. For innovation at the delivery level to…...
    For healthcare innovation to flourish there needs to be a real market for health services in Australia. Providers that deliver cost-effective, patient-centred care should be rewarded for increased efficiency and lower costs by being able to sell that value-proposition to cost-and quality-conscious purchasers. For innovation at the delivery level to…
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  • The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia's Underclass Children 11 November 2015 | Connorcourt Publishing
    Why are Australian children abused and neglected in plain sight of the child welfare authorities supposed to protect them? This passionate account of a flawed system argues that the crisis besetting child protection regimes nation-wide will not end until the taboo on the use of adoption is broken. Cost: $29.95…...
    Why are Australian children abused and neglected in plain sight of the child welfare authorities supposed to protect them? This passionate account of a flawed system argues that the crisis besetting child protection regimes nation-wide will not end until the taboo on the use of adoption is broken. Cost: $29.95…
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  • Health Innovation 22 September 2015 | Event Speeches
    It’s time to reposition health research. In the wake of the Medicare co-payment debate it is clear that talking about health reform solely in the context of debt and deficits is producing diminishing returns. We need to change the conversation about health by emphasising the benefits – to consumers and taxpayers –…...
    It’s time to reposition health research. In the wake of the Medicare co-payment debate it is clear that talking about health reform solely in the context of debt and deficits is producing diminishing returns. We need to change the conversation about health by emphasising the benefits – to consumers and taxpayers –…
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