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

  • Medi-Mess: Rational Federalism and Patient Cost-Sharing for Public Hospital Sustainability in Australia 16 July 2017 | RR30
    The latest attempt to ‘end the blame game’ between the state and federal governments over health funding was scuttled after state premiers rejected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘tax swap’ federalism reform proposal at the April 2016 COAG meeting.  The intransigence…...
    The latest attempt to ‘end the blame game’ between the state and federal governments over health funding was scuttled after state premiers rejected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘tax swap’ federalism reform proposal at the April 2016 COAG meeting.  The intransigence…
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Media & Commentary

  • Federalism key to saving states from Medicare 21 July 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    If you thought the Gonski and NDIS ‘funding gaps’ were problems, the cost of schools and disability services pales by comparison to the future cost of Medicare. Health funding remains the single largest budgetary challenge facing Australian governments. The size…
    If you thought the Gonski and NDIS ‘funding gaps’ were problems, the cost of schools and disability services pales by comparison to the future cost of Medicare. Health funding remains the single largest budgetary challenge facing Australian governments. The size…
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  • Fiscally fixing health and Medicare means state income taxes 17 July 2017 | AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
    The old business adage warns there is no such thing as a free lunch. And the same applies when it comes to health policy: the notion we can make Australia’s ‘free’ health system sustainable by funding public hospitals on an…
    The old business adage warns there is no such thing as a free lunch. And the same applies when it comes to health policy: the notion we can make Australia’s ‘free’ health system sustainable by funding public hospitals on an…
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  • Commissioner Tim's Blind Eye 16 July 2017 | Quadrant Online
    According to Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane, Australia remains a racist country because ethnic minorities are not perfectly statistically represented in the upper ranks of politics, the media, and business. However, by calling for race-based quotas to end ‘Anglo-Celtic domination’…
    According to Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane, Australia remains a racist country because ethnic minorities are not perfectly statistically represented in the upper ranks of politics, the media, and business. However, by calling for race-based quotas to end ‘Anglo-Celtic domination’…
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  • Tim's anti-white Australia policy 13 July 2017 | THE SPECTATOR
    Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane’s latest push to embed grievance-mongering identity politics at the heart of the nation’s institutions threatens to politicise race and undermine support for immigration. Fostering racial division should not be part of his job description, but…
    Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane’s latest push to embed grievance-mongering identity politics at the heart of the nation’s institutions threatens to politicise race and undermine support for immigration. Fostering racial division should not be part of his job description, but…
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  • Timely reminder about IR and productivity 02 June 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The former Executive Director of the HR Nicholls Society, John Slater, delivered the second Helen Hughes Lecture for Emerging Thinkers at the CIS office on Wednesday night. The topic of the lecture — Unlocking Australia’s Economic Potential: IR Reform —…
    The former Executive Director of the HR Nicholls Society, John Slater, delivered the second Helen Hughes Lecture for Emerging Thinkers at the CIS office on Wednesday night. The topic of the lecture — Unlocking Australia’s Economic Potential: IR Reform —…
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Publications

  • Fiscal Fiction: The Real Medicare Levy 07 May 2017 | RR27
    The Medicare Levy is, and always has been, a fiscal fiction. The revenue raised by the levy is not ‘hypothecated’ – dedicated specifically to fund Medicare – but goes into general government revenue. Moreover, the amount of revenue raised by the levy accounts for a mere fraction of government spending…...
    The Medicare Levy is, and always has been, a fiscal fiction. The revenue raised by the levy is not ‘hypothecated’ – dedicated specifically to fund Medicare – but goes into general government revenue. Moreover, the amount of revenue raised by the levy accounts for a mere fraction of government spending…
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  • 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 their promise and fail to optimise the potential outcomes due…...
    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 their promise and fail to optimise the potential outcomes due…
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  • 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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