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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.

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...

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...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries surge ahead of September retail sales, Fed speeches

The U.S. Treasuries surged during Wednesdays afternoon session ahead of the countrys retail sales for the month of September, scheduled to be released today by 12:30GMT. Also, Chicago Fed President Evans and FOMC member...

UK gilts jump on lower-than-expected September CPI; BoE Governor Carney’s speech in focus

The United Kingdoms gilts jumped during European trading hours Wednesday after the countrys consumer price inflation (CPI) for the month of September came in lower than market expectations, albeit remaining unchanged from...

German bunds flat after Eurozone September CPI slips slightly, trade balance lower than estimates

The German bunds remained flat during European session Wednesday after the eurozones consumer price inflation (CPI) for the month of September, slipped slightly, falling short of market expectations as well. Also,...

NZ consumer prices rise 0.7 pct in September quarter, inflation pressures continue to build

New Zealands consumer price inflation was a little higher than expected in the September quarter, rising 0.7 percent q/q. The annual inflation rate dropped from 1.7 percent to 1.5 percent, largely due to the variability in...

KRW likely to recoup more of year-to-date losses along with yuan appreciation in coming weeks, says Scotiabank

The South Korea won is expected to recoup more of its year-to-date losses along with the yuan appreciation in the coming weeks, according to the latest research report from Scotiabank. The Bank of Korea lowered its...

Politics

Donald Trump’s alleged habit of ‘unwanted touching’ of women continues just before proposing to Melania Trump

Many people, especially the critics, have been having a hard time believing that the marriage and relationship between Donald Trump and Melania Trump are as good as they say it is. One of the pressing issues anchored to...

Melania Trump reacts to Donald Trump cheating allegations

Donald Trump and Melania Trump have always been in the limelight since they tied the knot. But the status of their marriage has become much more exposed to public speculations once they occupied the White House. Many...

Melania Trump: Is she distancing herself from Donald Trump’s political woes?

The past weeks have been hectic for the Trump administration, especially after an impeachment inquiry has been officially launched in the Congress in late September against President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, it is hard not...

How a 1905 debate about 'tainted' Rockefeller money is a reminder of ethical dilemmas today

Many nonprofits, including top universities and museums are confronting serious ethical dilemmas regarding accepting tainted money. The MIT Media Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab, has been widely criticized for...

Trump's bad Nixon imitation may cost him the presidency

Whatever Donald Trump does, Richard Nixon usually did it first and better. Nixon got a foreign governments help to win a presidential election over 50 years ago. Trumps imitation of the master has proven far from...

Science

HIV cure studies major advancements reported in 2019 spark hope

Finding a cure that would eliminate HIV from the body remains one of the biggest challenges in humanity. However, there have been numerous studies published this year alone that seemed to have proven that, ultimately, HIV...

Former NASA scientists insisted they found evidence of life on Mars

Scientists are usually very careful when answering questions on the long-running mystery of whether or not extraterrestrial life exists in space, especially on Mars. But a former scientist of the National Aeronautics and...

NASA Apollo 10 allegedly captured UFO images from space

Humans now have plenty of ideas on how space looks like, thanks to the numerous missions that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other similar agencies have launched over the years. However, images taken...

NASA rover allegedly captures an image proving there's life on Mars

It has been decades since humans started launching missions to space. At this point, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has already sent numerous rovers to Mars to observe the several sections of the...

Elon Musk reminded NASA it can share SpaceX’s IP to anyone; Agency unwilling to do so due to security concern

Elon Musk and NASAs partnership has been standing on rocky ground in recent months as the Commercial Crew endeavor has been delayed. The mission aims to put American astronauts to space using SpaceXs services, opting to...

Technology

'Fortnite: Chapter 2' to offer may new features and all-new island to navigate

Fortnite: Chapter 2 marks the return of the game after the black hole that lasted for 40 hours. Going offline for almost two days also signified the end of season 10, and now it is making its comeback and introducing...

‘The Sims 5’ release date depends on ‘TS4’ expansion contents

EA remains silent about their plans for The Sims 5. With that, fans of the life simulation video game series are looking at the possible remaining expansion contents for The Sims 4 to get an idea when an all-new title is...

‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’ release date: Upcoming entry needs 10.3 GB worth of storage

Nintendo is slated to reveal more information about Pokémon Sword and Shield in just a few hours. Until now, its difficult to discern what sort of detail is going to be shared. Is there a new Pokémon thats...

‘World of Warcraft Classic’ new dungeon arrives today; European servers to receive an update tomorrow

World of Warcraft Classic is preparing to bring in new content for the game, this time adding Dire Maul into the world. The dungeon was supposed to arrive next month but was slotted in early, hitting North American servers...

‘Elder Scrolls 4: Skyblivion’ release date: Developers will be changing areas on the map to reflect certain stories

Elder Scrolls 4: Skyblivion isnt expected to come out soon, and the games release is just adding more anticipation to an already anticipated title. Part of the reason for this excitement is due to the developers addressing...
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