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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.

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...

Why it costs you so much to see a specialist – and what the government should do about it

Aug 13, 2017 23:08 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

Australians pay too much when they go to medical specialists. The government can and should do more to drive prices down. A current Senate Inquiry on out-of-pocket costs will hopefully lead to some policy action. The...

Don't be fooled, the Medicare Guarantee Fund provides no real guarantee

May 12, 2017 06:04 am UTC| Insights & Views Health Politics

Treasurer Scott Morrison pulled a health-related rabbit out of his hat on budget night, announcing the government will guarantee the future of Medicare. It will do this by allocating any extra revenue from the recently...

Introducing competition to the health sector should be treated with caution

Dec 05, 2016 05:12 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The Productivity Commissions study report on introducing competition into human services was quickly labelled as proposing privatisation of hospital, end-of-life and dental services. This isnt really the case. The...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries suffer ahead of May manufacturing PMI, April FOMC policy meeting minutes

The U.S. Treasuries slumped Tuesday ahead of the countrys manufacturing PMI for the month of May, scheduled to be released on May 23 by 13:45GMT. Also, the 5-year Note auction, due on the same day and of utmost importance,...

Global Geopolitical Series: U.S. Commerce Department issues AD & CVD on steel products from Vietnam with substrate from China

The U.S. Commerce Department announced yesterday that it would imposing Anti-dumping Duty (AD) and Countervailing Duty (CVD) on imports of cold-rolled Steel and Corrosion resistant steel from Vietnam saying that these...

German bunds slump ahead of May manufacturing PMI, Q1 2018 GDP

The German bunds slumped during European session Tuesday as investors wait to watch the countrys manufacturing PMI for the month of May, scheduled to be released on May 23 by 07:30GMT and the gross domestic product (GDP)...

Australia’s ANZ-Roy Morgan weekly consumer confidence index rises for sixth straight week on optimism over financial conditions

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence index rose for the sixth straight week up 0.7 percent to 121.6, the highest in 15 weeks. The details were somewhat mixed; while views towards financial conditions improved,...

New Zealand bonds close higher on hopes of deterioration in April trade balance data

New Zealand bonds ended Tuesdays session on a higher note as investors hope to see a worse deterioration in the countrys trade balance data, scheduled to be released on May 23 by 22:45GMT amid an otherwise, silent trading...

Politics

The first terrorist act in Indonesian prison: the triggers and how to prevent them

Indonesia witnessed another terrorist act last week. But, this time, it occurred in a maximum-security detention centre located at the polices Mobile Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java. More than 150 terrorist...

Would America vote for Oprah for president?

America has had a black president. Is the country ready for a black president who is also a woman? Speculation about the candidacy of Oprah Winfrey makes clear that some voters think so. Granted, Winfrey says she...

Lawyers keep secrets locked up – so they get asked to do the dirty work

Lawyers seem to at the center of lot of scandals lately. President Donald Trumps personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, whose office and hotel were raided by the FBI, is only the latest example. Harvey Weinsteins law firm...

Rise of cryptocurrencies could curb American power

There has been a lot of talk in foreign policy circles of the coming post-American world in which the international system will transition from a unipolar to a multipolar system. But, as we currently stand, the US remains...

Debate: On secularism in the 21st century

In January 2018 the French commemorated the Charlie Hebdo attacks that occurred three years earlier. The expression of American solidarity then toward the victims in France was quick and unwavering just as it was in the...

Science

Scientists Just Found A Black Hole That Is Eating Everything In Its Path

Black holes are some of the most terrifying subjects in the realm of science. Not only do they offer a glimpse into the raw power that is present in the universe, they also invoke undefinable terror in those who imagine...

Salt Could Prevent Hearing Loss After An Explosion

In movies, whenever a bomb goes off or an explosion occurs, there is that iconic moment where sounds are muffled and there is a high-pitched ring that pervades the whole scene. While films can go over-the-top with regards...

Scientists Want To Make Dogs Live Longer

Dogs are some of the most endearing creatures on the planet and one of the most tragic things about them is their short lives, at least when compared to humans. Depending on the breed, they can live from 7 to 15 years, on...

700,000-Year-Old Find Proves Early Humans Settled The Philippines Longer Than Previously Thought

Archeologists recently made a monumental discovery in the Philippines that pushes back the earliest period of human settlement in the region that was previously thought by over 600,000 years. Rhino bones and tools that...

States Sue EPA Over Rollbacks Of Environmental Protection Regulations

The Trump administration might not believe in climate change and could not care less about the environment, but the rest of the US does. This is why 18 states so far are now suing the Environmental Protection Agency for...

Technology

Tech Companies Inform Customers About New CPU Vulnerability Akin to Spectre, Meltdown

Major tech companies Microsoft and Intel, with help from Google Project Zero, have simultaneously released information about a newly discovered CPU security flaw that is similar to the notorious Spectre and Meltdown...

Bugged Comcast Xfiniry Website Leaks Customers' WiFi Names And Passwords

Security researchers recently found a bug on Comcast Xfinitys official account activation website that allows attackers to easily obtain customers WiFi names and passwords. ZDNet reported on the issue after getting a...

Consumer Reports: No Recommendation For Tesla Model 3 Due to 'Big Flaws'

Consumer Reports (CR) recently announced that they will not be giving their sought-after recommendation to the Tesla Model 3 after a road test has uncovered big flaws in the electric car. In a recent report, the...

Google Argues $4.3 Billion Privacy Lawsuit Was Resolved 'Over Six Years Ago'

Google claims that the lawsuit currently filed in a UK court is about a privacy issue that had been resolved over six years ago. In 2017, the multinational tech company is slammed with another lawsuit in the United...

Australia Released a Report on Loses from Cryptocurrency Scams

The Australian government has recently released an analysis about how much money their populace lost to cryptocurrency scams. Published on May 21, the report revealed scams took an estimated $2.1 mln where it reached its...
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