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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.

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 narrowly mixed ahead of initial jobless claims, 30-year auction

The U.S. Treasuries remained narrowly mixed during Thursdays afternoon session ahead of the countrys initial jobless claims and super-long 30-year auction, both scheduled to be released today by 12:30GMT and 17:00GMT...

German bunds suffer after August manufacturing PMI cheers market investors

The German bunds suffered during European trading session Thursday after the countrys manufacturing PMI for the month of August cheered market investors, edged tad higher from that in July. The German 10-year bond...

Insurance rate cuts likely to re-steepen 2-10Y UST yield curve at the initial stage, bolster DXY Index: Scotiabank

insurance rate cuts could re-steepen the 2-10Y UST yield curve at the initial stage, bolstering the DXY Index. However, without an aggressive stance on further reductions, the steepening trend could reverse along with...

JGB yields deteriorate as Asian markets await to digest FOMC’s July meeting minutes; trade deal eyed

.The Japanese government bond yields deteriorated at close of morning session Thursday as Asian markets are yet to digest the FOMC July meeting minutes, released overnight amid ongoing global economic disturbances. Wall...

U.S. Treasuries suffer ahead of FOMC’s July meeting minutes, Fed Chair Powell’s Jackson Hole speech

The U.S. Treasuries suffered during Wednesdays afternoon session ahead of the Federal Open Market Committees (FOMC) end-July monetary policy meeting minutes, scheduled to be released today by 18:00GMT. Also, Fed Chair...

Politics

Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin argue over their response to massive protests

French President Emmanuel Macron is the latest world leader to meet with Russias Vladimir Putin. He arrived in France on Monday for an official state visit. While in the country, Putin and Macron are expected to hold a...

Trevor Noah’s satirical theory suggests Donald Trump wants to get rid of Melania Trump

Both critics and supporters of Melania Trump and Donald Trump had recently been talking about one thing. It was Trevor Noahs theory that the President is allegedly weaving his immigration policies with the endgame of...

Donald Trump loves that Melania Trump agrees with him about the prenup

The marriage of United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump is possibly one of the most followed subjects in the media today. Since Mr. Trump is known for being a wealthy man, many might be wondering...

Prototype of a nuclear missile that Vladimir Putin bragged about allegedly failed

This month marks the 20-year milestone of Russian President Vladimir Putins political career. However, it has been marred with a series of pro-democracy protests in Moscow as well as the death of five scientists from a...

To restore trust in government, we need to reinvent how the public service works

Around the world, the most informed and effective public servants are changing the way they develop policy and services. Australian public servants are eager to do the same, but their leaders are not supporting them to do...

Science

Cannabis compound offers potential therapy for pancreatic cancer

Cancer is one of the most feared illnesses around the world for various reasons. First, researchers have yet to find a cure that would completely heal patients. Various immunotherapies have been made available over the...

Injected HIV drug shows potential as ART pills alternative

Decades since the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) were discovered, scientists around the world still have not found the complete cure yet. But on the bright side,...

Cryptic genetic variation: the hidden changes in your DNA that could produce new diseases

Rarely has our environment changed so quickly. On top of climate change, were exposing ourselves to air pollutants, microplastics and unprecedented levels of fat, salt and sugar in our food. Environmental change is one...

Lab studies suggest medicinal plants can help repair human bone and tissue

Theres been a rise in recent years of biomedical engineering techniques that can restore lost tissue and bone. If youve been in a car crash, for instance, there are ways to restore or repair the lost body part or damaged...

Environmental destruction is a war crime, but it's almost impossible to fall foul of the laws

An open letter from 24 scientists published in Nature last month calls on governments to draft a new Geneva Convention dedicated to protecting the environment during armed conflict. This inspired a number of headlines...

Technology

‘Minecraft’ becomes more realistic with Nvidia RTX’s ray tracing support

Nvidia and Minecraft maker Mojang had exciting news for avid fans of the game during the 2019 Gamescom this week. Computers running with Nvidias GeForce RTX cards can experience the game with a major graphics...

OnePlus 7T's possible final design shown in new render leak

Almost every smartphone maker has a consistent annual cycle in releasing new devices, and that includes OnePlus. If the company is not planning on implementing any major changes, tech fans are right to be waiting for...

AMD to offer budget-friendly Radeon and Ryzen chips

Advanced Micro Devices, or AMD, is one of the leading semiconductor companies in the world. People can find AMDs products on mobile devices, personal computers, and even gaming consoles. The company has made its plans...

‘Borderlands 3’ players can have up to 1 billion weapons

One of the aspects that made the Borderlands series extremely popular is the massive loots and gun possibilities. Since gaming fans waited longer for the release of Borderlands 3, it is only fitting for them to expect way...

PlayStation 5 could arrive with an all-new design

More details about PlayStation 5 surfaced online, but the most interesting information is its supposed design. Sony appears to be taking the next-generation console tag to the next level. Aside from upgraded hardware...
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