A more expensive healthcare cop-out

Yes, Australia needs to improve hospital efficiency and co-payments would wisely manage demand. But greater use of private health insurance would simply guarantee worse outcomes for everyone.

Yesterday’s release of the National Commission of Audit report has created plenty of controversy and disagreement across the country. Among the biggest recommendations was the reform to health care and Medicare – two areas that pose the greatest challenge for the budget over the next few decades.

Health care reform is necessary, but what form should it take? And did the commission get it right?


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