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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.

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...

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...

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Economy

GDP update: spending dips and saving soars as we stash rather than spend our tax cuts

Australians saved rather than spent most of the budget tax cuts, almost doubling the proportion of household income saved, leaving spending languishing. The September quarter national accounts show that in the first...

A global downturn looks likely, yet it's being totally ignored in the UK election

For all the marked policy differences between the different parties in the UK election, they share a common blindspot. They all seem to assume that the UK is the sole determiner of its economic fate. There is nothing in...

South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to do

South Africas urgent need to create jobs requires that the country take advantage of opportunities in the global economy that it can convert into quick wins. The fruit industry presents such an opportunity. The countrys...

Currency manipulation and why Trump is picking on Brazil and Argentina

President Donald Trump slapped new tariffs on Brazil and Argentina after accusing them of manipulating their currencies to boost exports. It wasnt the first time Trump has labeled another country a currency manipulator...

How to protect the NHS in a post-Brexit trade deal with the US

A US-UK trade deal is being negotiated, and drug prices are a key issue. Several US officials are demanding that foreign countries pay higher prices to US drug companies. The UK government is denying that drug prices will...

Politics

Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump are not close but there is no feud, new book suggests

The relationship of Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump behind the cameras is probably one of the most speculated aspects of the Trump family dynamic since they occupied the White House. It was then not surprising that the...

Hong Kong: when the citizen-birds rebel

Over the past year, a number of nations around the world have been the scene of tumultuous popular protests, including Lebanon, Algeria, Bolivia, Chile and even France. While the protests in Hong Kong bear some...

Michelle Obama did not favor the initial draft of Barack Obama's official portrait, artist reveals

It has been more than a year since the official portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were unveiled. However, a piece of interesting behind-the-scenes information was revealed on Monday by Kehinde Wiley, the artist...

Rick Perry's belief that Trump was chosen by God is shared by many in a fast-growing Christian movement

In a recent interview with Fox News, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry stated that Donald Trump was chosen by God to be president. He said throughout history God had picked imperfect people such as King David or Solomon to...

The government is hyping digitalised services, but not addressing a history of e-government fails

In politics, when you have little to show for your achievements, you can release a roadmap for what will supposedly be achieved in the future. You can look on the bright side. Use phrases such as ontology of...

Science

ESA’s space robot can only complete its mission by committing ‘suicide’

Propelled by the U.S. and Russias space race, mankind finally learned to launch a man-made object into space in 1957 with Sputnik 1. While space exploration is relatively new, the space near the earth is surprisingly...

Mars mission: Expert says to focus on Earth

Many countries who have succeeded in their efforts to travel to space are now thinking of the possibilities of colonizing a neighboring planet, such as Mars. However, one expert believes otherwise and says that before...

New Zealand White Island eruption: What caused the unexpected eruption?

Recently, the unexpected eruption coming from White Island in New Zealand brought in casualties. Now, scientists and authorities are wondering what might have caused the eruption and how there was no warning. Express...

NASA: Video footage reveals space agency rocket explosion

The continuous interest in studying the entities and phenomena that lie beyond the Earth has enthusiasts and scientists paying close attention to any breakthrough. However, there will always be instances where experiments...

Volcano eruption: Volcanic rock claimed to be releasing carbon responsible for global warming

From the various sources of carbon in the world today that are responsible for the world going through global warming, there is one unexpected source. A study claims that volcanic rocks are also contributing to the global...

Technology

Another Tesla Model 3 crashed while on autopilot, police warn drivers not to rely on the feature

Tesla Motor 3 is one of the most popular electric cars available on the market today. But one of the vehicles high-tech features, its autopilot, is a cause of concern and unease among owners and potential buyers due to a...

iPhone 12 will have six variants, set to arrive by September 2020

When the iPhone 12 release date arrives next year, buyers will have more options to choose from. Apple is set to introduce six variants of its upcoming smartphone flagship, which will arrive by the fall of...

Samsung Galaxy S11 will have more powerful battery compared to S10

The Samsung Galaxy S11 release is still a couple of months away, but tech enthusiasts are already busy talking about its new design and cool specs. However, a new leak reveals that the upcoming Korean brands flagship...

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ Ellie and Collector's Edition offer exclusive collectible items

Naughty Dogs popular action-adventure titles are more than just video games to many fans. Its intricate gameplay stories and memorable characters have become staples in the pop culture, making the array of The Last of Us...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is smaller than ‘The Witcher 3’ but it doesn’t mean less gameplay content

The start of a new decade is promising for video game fans as several highly anticipated titles such as Cyberpunk 2077 are confirmed to launch next year. CD Projekt Red remains a little secretive about the gameplay...
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