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

  • Real Choice for Ageing Australians: Achieving the Benefits of the Consumer-Directed Aged Care Reforms in the New Economy 09 April 2017 | RR24
    The consumer-directed aged care (CDC) reforms are an important opportunity to showcase the benefits of market-based reforms to often sceptical and change-averse members of the public. Given the broader implications, this report warns that the CDC reforms could fall short of…...
    The consumer-directed aged care (CDC) reforms are an important opportunity to showcase the benefits of market-based reforms to often sceptical and change-averse members of the public. Given the broader implications, this report warns that the CDC reforms could fall short of…
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Media & Commentary

  • A once healthy plan to deliver more with less now looks doomed 21 April 2017 | The Australian
    Predictions the National Disability Insurance Scheme would become a new leviathan — a massive, unfunded entitlement program to rival Medicare — are proving true. The states are shifting the cost of caring for the mentally ill onto the Commonwealth by…
    Predictions the National Disability Insurance Scheme would become a new leviathan — a massive, unfunded entitlement program to rival Medicare — are proving true. The states are shifting the cost of caring for the mentally ill onto the Commonwealth by…
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  • More aged care reform needed 13 April 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The populism dominating federal politics is in part a product of voter scepticism about economic reform. The challenge for advocates of market-based policies is to convince the community about the benefits of greater choice and competition in the last bastions…
    The populism dominating federal politics is in part a product of voter scepticism about economic reform. The challenge for advocates of market-based policies is to convince the community about the benefits of greater choice and competition in the last bastions…
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  • Public companies are already demonstrably diverse, why sign up to extra pledges? 03 April 2017 | Australian Financial Review
    The twitter crusade waged by an LGTBI activist to ‘Pink List’ an IBM executive and a Macquarie University academic — and have both men sacked for their links with the (Christian) Lachlan Macquarie Institute — is a straw in the…
    The twitter crusade waged by an LGTBI activist to ‘Pink List’ an IBM executive and a Macquarie University academic — and have both men sacked for their links with the (Christian) Lachlan Macquarie Institute — is a straw in the…
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  • Tallyrand call the office 24 March 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The election of President Trump, the Leave victory at the UK Brexit referendum, the revival of One Nation here in Australia … the political earthquakes of 2016 have exposed the gap between the political class and ordinary voters. The rejection…
    The election of President Trump, the Leave victory at the UK Brexit referendum, the revival of One Nation here in Australia … the political earthquakes of 2016 have exposed the gap between the political class and ordinary voters. The rejection…
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  • Damning Leak for spurning the blind eye 14 March 2017 | Quadrant Online
    Bill Leak presents Colin Dillon with a drawing at the 2016 Consilium conference One of the people who rang Bill Leak on the day The Australian published the so-called infamous ‘Indigenous Parenting’ cartoon was Colin Dillon — the first Aboriginal…
    Bill Leak presents Colin Dillon with a drawing at the 2016 Consilium conference One of the people who rang Bill Leak on the day The Australian published the so-called infamous ‘Indigenous Parenting’ cartoon was Colin Dillon — the first Aboriginal…
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Publications

  • 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 the health sector and deliver more cost-effective healthcare....
    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 the health sector and deliver more cost-effective healthcare.
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  • 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…
    READ MORE