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Stephen Duckett

Stephen Duckett

Director, Health Program, Grattan Institute

Professor Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute and Emeritus Professor of Health Policy at La Trobe University. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Young people dropping private health hurts insurers most, not public hospitals

Feb 19, 2020 01:49 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

Young Australians are abandoning private health insurance in droves. And the overall decline in the percentage of the population with private coverage is continuing. New data for the three months to the end of 2019,...

How do you stop the youth exodus from private health insurance? Cut premiums for under-55s

Dec 04, 2019 11:26 am UTC| Insights & Views Business Health

Young people dont see private health insurance as good value for money. And theyre right: the cost of their expected use of private health care is significantly below what they pay in insurance premiums. Unsurprisingly,...

We can cut private health insurance costs by fixing how we pay for hip replacements and other implants

Aug 06, 2019 03:52 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

As we age, were more likely to need a prosthesis to help us function like we used to. It may be a hip or knee prosthesis to replace a worn-out joint, a new lens after a cataract has been removed, or a pacemaker or cardiac...

What are the major parties promising on health this election?

May 07, 2019 03:07 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The major parties manifestos for the 2019 federal election present voters with starkly contrasting health policies. These policies are shaped and constrained by the overall themes presented by the party leaders, but have...

Morrison’s health handout is bad policy (but might be good politics)

Dec 15, 2018 16:31 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The A$1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Program Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week should be awarded a big policy fail. The move sets back Commonwealth-state relations by decades and its...

Waiting for better care: why Australia’s hospitals and health care is failing

Oct 30, 2018 12:28 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

This week were exploring nine different policy areas across Australias states, as detailed in Grattan Institutes State Orange Book 2018. Read the other articles in the series here. Australia has a good health system by...

Changes to lure young people into private health insurance won't slow increase in premiums

Oct 13, 2017 09:28 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

Australians will be able to choose lower premiums for higher excess, and insurers required to more clearly categorise their policies, under the federal governments shake up of private health insurance announced...

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Economy

FxWirePro: Loonie Gains Marginally Amid Flurry of Data Prints In Canada – USD/CAD OTC Updates And Options Strategy

Canadian data announcements have been lined up for the next weeks, with unemployment data scheduled for today, BoC monetary policy is on 15thfollowed by press meet, while retails sales and CPI flashes to print on 21stand...

FxWirePro: A Glimpse At ZAR’s RV And Delta-Hedge Trades On Looming South African Debt Crisis

Due to global recession fears and rising risk aversion yesterday brought a further sell-out for many EM currencies. The rand was amongst the biggest losers over the past days and reached new lows against USD and EUR. This...

FxWirePro: Sterling Still Edgy Amid Pandemic Saga - Driving Forces, OTC Outlook & Hedging Strategies of GBP/USD

GBPs performance ranks mid-table over the past month (+0.5% vs USD, -2.5% vs EUR) as the global impact of the coronavirus has come to dominate GBPs local difficulties with Brexit. But even though Brexit is now being...

FxWirePro: Take Prudent Look At Short Euro Trades Amid Pandemic Outlook

Pandemic COVID-19 impact has broadened, eliciting abrupt financial market moves. We all know that the strength of a relationship can be severely tested during times of crisis. This is currently very obvious in the EU, and...

FxWirePro: Driving Forces, OTC Outlook And Hedging Strategies Of EUR/JPY

Universal fact is that the strength of a relationship would be severely tested during times of crisis. This is currently very obvious in the EU, and the euro is not taking it well. There is no agreement about how to...

Politics

Melania Trump releases video message thanking workers at the frontlines of pandemic

First Lady Melania Trump has been making her presence known to the public as Americans cope with the extended social distancing period until the end of April. Recently, she released a video message showing her gratitude...

Donald Trump accuses WHO of being biased towards China about coronavirus

The United States continues to struggle with the effects of the pandemic with the number of cases increasing per day as well as the thousands of deaths at the same time. After previously accusing the World Health...

Bernie Sanders drops out of presidential race, Joe Biden to be the Democratic nominee

For some time, the presidential race among the Democrats was solely between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Now, in a move that perhaps a lot of people had seen coming, Sanders has...

Stephanie Grisham leaving White House press secretary post to become Melania Trump’s chief of staff

Stephanie Grisham stepped down from her post as White House press secretary on Tuesday, April 7. Grisham is still part of the communications team as she is now Melania Trumps chief of staff and spokesperson, according to...

Science

NASA: Agency commemorates 50th anniversary of Apollo 13 mission

Ever since the historic Apollo 11 mission in 1969, NASA tried to gain momentum by sending in more people to the moon with Apollo 12 and Apollo 13. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission. Express...

Earth is currently in the midst of a solar windstorm with 1.6 million KMPH winds

Just like how the weather on Earth can be turbulent, the weather in the Solar System is also unpredictable. A recent report reveals that the planet is currently in the midst of a solar windstorm. Express reports that...

NASA: Agency releases new Pillars of Creation photo taken by Hubble Space Telescope

NASAs Hubble Space Telescope has been providing scientists and budding astronomers and space enthusiasts with stunning photos of space. Recently, the agency decided to revisit one of the telescopes most iconic images, the...

Fireball spotted flying over Northern Europe

Perhaps the most frequent sightings of phenomena in space would be meteor showers. However, residents in Northern Europe were stunned when they witnessed a fireball flying over the northern part of the...

Technology

‘eFootball PES 2020’ devs update Cristiano Ronaldo’s model to sport the man bun

eFootball PES 2020 players have something to look forward to this week. Konami just released the Data Pack 6.0 that comes with a slew of updates, including new player faces. Football players should get ready to start...

‘Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor’ and Update 26 are delayed due to coronavirus

In case video game fans have not noticed yet, there is an emerging trend in the gaming community right now upcoming titles, DLCs, and updates are getting delayed due to coronavirus. One of the latest franchise to be...

‘NBA 2K20’ players notice arena issues after Patch 11 update

It has been a while since 2K Games released patch notes for NBA 2K20 players. This week, developers deployed the Patch 11 notes, but several players noticed having issues in the arena features after updating the basketball...

‘PUBG Mobile’ India wants its players to stay at home with its 7 Days Challenge

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, people are all staying indoors hoping for the outbreak to run its course. PUBG Mobile gamers in India now have more reasons to stay indoors with its 7 Days Challenge. In the PUBG...
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