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Inside track: Healthcare

28 September 2020

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Inside track: Healthcare

In the media

More reforms to private health insurance needed to combat COVID blow
AMA Private Health Insurance Report Card 2020: Private health fund membership is continuing to decline and further reforms will be needed to combat the likely financial impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, AMA President, Dr Omar Khorshid, said (26 September 2020).  More...

‘More than 80 per cent’ of diagnostic errors deemed preventable
A perspective piece in the Medical Journal of Australia claims some form of diagnostic error occurs in up to one in seven clinical encounters. They claim an estimated 140,000 cases of diagnostic error occur in Australia each year. Of those cases, 21,000 are of serious harm, and result in 2000–4000 deaths (22 September 2020).  More...

Calls for wider changes as healthcare worker COVID cases drop
Advocates warn complacency could mean difficult decisions are sidelined. Health authority data shows coronavirus infections among healthcare workers accounted for 65 per cent of Victoria’s new cases at the end of August, rising as a proportion even as community caseload fell (22 September 2020).  More...

Additional support for COVID-19 vaccine research projects
The Australian Government is providing almost $6 million for the research and development of 3 Australian COVID-19 vaccines (21 September 2020).  More...

Bushfires cost billions in physical, mental healthcare
The Black Summer bushfires that claimed hundreds of lives, burnt homes to the ground and sparked an ecological disaster also left Australia with a mammoth healthcare bill (22 September 2020).  More...

Trust science on vaping
Federal Government policymakers need to embrace science over ideology when it comes to delivering access to smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes, tobacco giant Philip Morris International claims (22 September 2020).  More...

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