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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

US slaps 5.41% anti-dumping tariff on S. Korean, Vietnam wind towers

The US slapped a 5.41 percent anti-dumping tariff on imported wind towers from South Korea and Vietnam for being sold at less than fair value. The US Department of Commerce is set to make an official order imposing the...

France to utilize 'railway highways' in achieving greener economy

France will develop railway highways to carry food and other goods to minimize the delivery by trucks to reduce the countrys carbon footprint. According to French Prime Minister Jean Castex, a fresh food train linking...

S. Korea to deliver $5.15-M assistance to 6 countries

South Korea will provide over $5 million to assist the emerging economies of Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Colombia, and Haiti in helping deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and pursue digital and green development...

Portugal to speed up renewable hydrogen projects in polluting sectors

The Portuguese government has selected 37 consortiums interested in building production units of green energy in the country. Portugal is preparing an application to Europes Important Project of Common European Interest...

German automotive industry optimistic of export prospects

Export expectations in Germanys manufacturing sector rose in July to 6.9 points from the -2.2 in the previous month with the automotive industry among the most optimistic due to economic recovery in many...

Politics

Donald Trump: POTUS repeats claims on COVID-19 testing and death toll numbers in a recent interview

With cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise in the United States, Donald Trump remains confident in his administrations response towards the pandemic despite it being heavily criticized across the board. In his latest...

Ivanka Trump: Mary Trump warns of cousin's possible political interests

Donald Trumps eldest daughter, White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump is often present at political events alongside her father. However, Mary Trump warns that it is possible for Ivanka as well as Donald Trump Jr. to try...

Michelle Obama: Former FLOTUS wishes husband Barack a happy birthday in latest update

August 4 was former president Barack Obamas birthday with many Americans who have supported him throughout his two terms in office sending him their birthday wishes. Former first lady Michelle Obama posted an especially...

Joe Biden: Former VP blasts Donald Trump as US COVID-19 death toll approaches 160,000

The United States accounts for over one-fourth of coronavirus infections in the whole world, making it the worst-hit country. As the deaths from the pandemic approach 160,000, former vice president Joe Biden blasts Donald...

Science

NASA: Mysterious red rectangle in space captured by the Hubble Space Telescope

NASA and the European Space Agencys Hubble Space Telescope is busy making its rounds all throughout space, taking photos of unusual and spectacular occurrences lightyears away from Earth. This time, NASA revealed one of...

Asteroids: Simulation shows potentially hazardous asteroid's impact if it crashes into the Atlantic ocean

Asteroids that are classified as potentially hazardous can inflict the most damage out of the kinds of asteroid collisions. A simulation done by astronomers shows what kind of impact a potentially hazardous asteroid would...

NASA: Agency releases a photo of a massive star system explosion

Even as the world is battling aa pandemic, there are still spectacular phenomena occurring in space. NASA recently shared an image of a massive explosion that happened within a star system. NASAs Chandra X-ray...

COVID-19: Report finds athletes perform better in empty stadiums

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many all over the world to stay indoors, including athletes. With many sporting events getting cancelled this year, a new report claims that the lack of an audience present at the stadiums...

Technology

‘Forza Motorsport’ announcement and first trailer suggest it won’t be released in 2020

The announcement of Forza Motorsport 8 was one of the most anticipated things during the Xbox Games Showcase last month. While fans finally got confirmation it is in the pipeline, the unveiling of its first teaser has led...

Bethesda confirms no ‘Starfield’ announcements slated in 2020

Starfield may be an all-new video game IP, but it can be said that it is one of the most awaited titles in the gaming community. However, fans might have to wait until 2021 to hear more about it. Starfield release...

‘Valorant’ patch 1.05 delivers Deathmatch mode but initially in limited availability

The Deathmatch mode is one of the highly requested game modes in Valorant. Riot Games delivers it shortly after the games full release as it is included in the patch 1.05 notes. However, there are current limitations to...

OnePlus Nord open sales begin Aug. 6 for customers in India

OnePlus has taken yet another unique approach in selling its newest smartphone, the mid-range OnePlus Nord. Aside from its launch is limited to India and Europe, it was also offered through pre-booking after its official...
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