A round up of Election16 Health News

This week the election news has been all about Health care and in particular the future direction of Medicare.

Bill Shorten’s campaign pitch: don’t risk Medicare under the Liberals
Bill Shorten has pledged Labor would retain the bulk-billing incentive for pathology and diagnostic imaging, and give a modest tax break to small businesses to get people back into the workforce, at a launch attended by three former ALP prime ministers.

(Source The Conversation)

Election 2016: Health
To break down health funding and policy promises on both sides of politics, the Grattan Institute’s Stephen Duckett and AHHA Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven joined Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast.

(Source: ABC Radio National)

Labor runs hard on health and “the Medicare election” – wrapping the policies and reaction

The health highlights of Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s speech at the official Labor campaign launch.

(Source Croakey)

Scorecard on Health Policies

Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association discussed the AHHA Scorecard where AHHA members, representing a broad range of stakeholders across the health sector, analysed the publicly announced policies of the national parties.

(source MJA Insight 20 June 2016)

Simple processing and clever apps? Don’t hold your breath for a user-friendlyMedicare IT system

(source The Conversation)

JOHN MENADUE. Privatisation and the hollowing out of Medicare

This blog argues that whilst the forms and external structure of Medicare -the shell-may remain but it’s founding principles-fairness, universality, solidarity and efficiency are being whittled away.

The truth about privatising Medicare (Source: The Financial Review)

Election 2016: Where the parties stand on the big issues

(Source: ABC News)

Is Medicare under threat? Making sense of the privatisation debate 

Stephen Duckett, Director, Health Program, Grattan Institute argues that the greater threat to the future of Medicare is not the government’s plans, now ditched under the heat of a campaign, to outsource IT functions.  The greater threats to our national public health system lie in the increasing role of consumer co-payments and the power of vested interests that stifle policy innovation in health.

 (Source:  The Conversation)

What do the Liberal and Labor election health promises mean for you?