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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

The drop in GDP rankings came as South Korea posted a nominal economic growth rate of 1.4 percent in 2019

South Korea produced a nominal gross domestic product (GDP) valued at US$1.64 trillion in 2019 to rank 10th globally, down two spots from 2018. The data was based on the Organization for Economic Cooperations (OECD)...

Migrant workers make up over 90 percent of Singapore's COVID-19 cases.

Industry groups in Singapore warned that a reduction in foreign workers would have numerous implications on the economy. They were reacting to a call for a change of policies with migrant workers making up over 90...

The drop was attributed to the lockdown-generated decline in the number of outbound travelers.

Overseas card spending by South Koreans reached US$3.6 billion in the first quarter, plunging 23 percent from the $4.68 billion expenditures in the same period last year. It was the sharpest year-on-year drop in...

The country's car production plunged over 90 percent duirng the pandemic.

The French government is infusing over $8.8 billion to save the countrys car industry from huge losses brought about by the lockdowns. The countrys car production plunged over 90 percent duirng the pandemic. French...

The surge in net income was due to increased interest income

South Koreas 79 savings banks reported a combined net income of 246.3 billion in the first quarter, rising 19.4 percent year-on, according to the data from the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). The surge in net...

Politics

Joe Biden accuses Donald Trump of turning America into a ‘battlefield driven by hold resentments’

Joe Biden criticized how President Donald Trump is handling the wave of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. The former vice president believes that, instead of diffusing the situation, Trump has instead turned...

Donald Trump might deploy the military if states can’t deal with violent protesters

President Donald Trump threatened on Monday that he will use military force if states cant stop violent protests on their own. The Presidents threat came as demonstrations across the country to protest the death of George...

Donald Trump postpones in-person G7 Summit in Washington

Despite the continuous number of cases and deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, President Donald Trump is still keen on pushing for things to go back to normal. Trump announced that he has postponed...

Melania Trump faces backlash in latest Twitter update about the protests

The protests following the murder of African-American George Floyd at the hands of police officers has sparked chaos over the weekend. As First Lady Melania Trump attempted to give her thoughts on the chaos on social...

Donald Trump declares ANTIFA as a terrorist organization

In the midst of rising numbers from the coronavirus in the United States comes the unrest coming from violent protests that have occurred in a span of a few days. Following these protests, President Donald Trump has...

Science

'Graveyard of lost ships' from Roman Empire discovered by archaeologists

Throughout history, the Roman Empire was among the most famous empires to have been established. Archaeologists have recently been able to shed more light on its history upon discovering several shipwrecks in the eastern...

Archaeologists find 18th century English shipwreck off the coast of Mexico

In the 1980s, a fisherman named Manuel Polanco spotted a shipwreck off the coast of Mexico. Upon further analysis, archaeologists were able to provide some possible information on the ancient wreck. Express reports that...

Black hole: NASA spots a black hole ejecting hot material into deep space

Although black holes generally consume material in space and everything that comes close to it, there are instances when material is also ejected out of the black hole. Recently, NASA was able to capture one particular...

Scientists find the first pterodactyl fossils in the United Kingdom

Many dinosaur fossils have been discovered in other parts of the world. However, a discovery on the Isle of Wight reveals the first pterodactyl found in the United Kingdom. Express reports that a fossil hunter found an...

Technology

Why ‘The Sims 5’ is still unlikely getting announced at EA Play Live 2020

Fans have been anticipating many video game trade shows this year, including EA Play. Its format will be different given the COVID-19 crisis, but the event will still push through. However, any sort of announcement about...

‘PUBG Mobile’ will have an original map that features monster trucks and P90

Anyone who has been following updates about PUBG Mobile would know that Tencent was recently hinting at a major map reveal. More details were recently unveiled as the secret map debuted in beta. PUBG Mobile will have a...

Pixel 4a XL would have had two cameras, leaked phone case suggests

After months of the rumor mill churning plenty of details about the still unannounced Pixel 4a, smartphone fans seem to be in unison now in no longer hoping for a Pixel 4a XL. The bigger version of the mid-range device,...

iOS 14 could finally allow movable widgets on the home screenshot

Many loyal iPhone users would say the one reason they choose this device is because of the iOS operating system. However, they can also not deny that iOS has been restrictive when it comes to how users can customize their...
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