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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.

New aged care data on hospitalisation rates show significant problem areas in residential aged care

Feb 02, 2021 13:13 pm UTC| Life Health

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released new data overnight comparing hospitalisation rates from residential aged care facilities. The report found 36.9% of nursing home residents presented to an...

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...

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Economy

Starbucks Korea's Q1 earnings soar 78% to 33.6 billion won

Starbucks Korea reported a net profit of 33.6 billion won in the first quarter, jumping 77.8 percent on-year due to an increase in mobile orders and drive-thru store sales and a lower base effect. Sales surged 15...

Hyundai Motor to invest 8.1 trillion won for EV production in US by 2025

Hyundai Motor Group will invest 8.1 trillion won in the US by 2025 to produce electric vehicles, improve production facilities, and increase its presence in the smart mobility solutions area. South Koreas top automaker,...

Japanese firms in India face cloudy prospects due to virus crisis

A number of Japanese businesses in India were forced to halt production and bring staff members back to Japan due to escalating COVID-19 crisis that is triggering regional lockdowns. New daily infections remain over...

S. Korea's logic chip capacity share expected to drop due to US expansion

South Koreas capacity share in the advanced logic chip market is likely to decline as the US attracts more global semiconductor firms to build plants on its turf, according to a report by Counterpoint Research. The...

Politics

Joe Biden open to passing parts of infrastructure plan without GOP support

The passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was done on party lines, with Democrats exercising their slim majority powers without a single vote of support from Republican lawmakers. In his recent interview, Biden...

Joe Biden hopes Israel - Gaza conflict to be over 'sooner than later'

The unrest in Israel and Gaza has escalated in recent days, especially among Israelis and Palestinians. Joe Biden said this week that he hopes the conflict that is ongoing could be resolved and added that Israel has the...

Kamala Harris meets with Indian-American Rep. Ami Bera to discuss India's COVID-19 crisis

India is currently experiencing an unprecedented crisis in its tackling of COVID-19. This week, California Congressman Ami Bera met with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss Indias crisis with the pandemic. Bera, the...

Donald Trump investigation: Former WH counsel to testify on ex-POTUS' obstruction on Mueller findings

Russian involvement has long been tied to former President Donald Trumps 2016 election victory and presidency. With Trump at the center of many investigations, his former White House counsel is now set to testify regarding...

Science

Space tourism – 20 years in the making – is finally ready for launch

For most people, getting to the stars is nothing more than a dream. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito achieved that lifelong goal but he wasnt a typical astronaut. Tito, a wealthy businessman, paid US$20 million for a seat...

First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...

Lab–grown embryos and human–monkey hybrids: Medical marvels or ethical missteps?

In Aldous Huxleys 1932 novel Brave New World, people arent born from a mothers womb. Instead, embryos are grown in artificial wombs until they are brought into the world, a process called ectogenesis. In the novel,...

Antimatter: scientists find way to trap elusive material by blasting it with lasers

Antimatter is believed to play a huge part in the story of our universe. Its the counterpart to matter: identical in every way with protons, neutrons and electrons but with an opposite electric charge. According to our...

Shifting toward 'open peer review'

Twenty years ago, it was difficult to find information about local restaurants, except from the restaurants themselves. Now, thanks to the Internet, independent evaluations are easy to find. Its past time we make that the...

Technology

‘Mass Effect Legendary Edition’ won’t come to Xbox Game Pass anytime soon

With plenty of EA-published games made available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers recently, it is a fair question to ask if Mass Effect Legendary Edition will be included in its library as well. However, the remastered...

Discord to launch Stage Discovery and Threads features soon

Discord has just been updated with new features, and the popular group-chatting client has more things lined up to improve users experience. Barely two weeks after the Stage Channels were launched, Discord has announced...

‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2’ might not be ready for a 2021 launch

A new report claims the development of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is close to its conclusion. However, this does not necessarily mean the much-awaited sequel is launching anytime soon. Legend of Zelda: Breath...

Sony unveils new colors for PS5 DualSense controller

Sony is giving fans a chance to play their favorite video games in style with the announcement of two new colors for the PS5 DualSense controller. The color options called Midnight Black and Cosmic Red, will not launch...

Google Pixel 6 goes through design overhaul, new leak suggests

All the disappointment Google fans may have felt when not much was changed in the Pixel 5s design last year may be reversed once the Pixel 6 series arrives. A new leak suggests the upcoming phones will sport...
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