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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.

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...

Introducing competition to the health sector should be treated with caution

Dec 05, 2016 05:12 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The Productivity Commissions study report on introducing competition into human services was quickly labelled as proposing privatisation of hospital, end-of-life and dental services. This isnt really the case. The...

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Economy

Hankook to benefit most among S. Korean tiremakers from increased demand for used cars

Hankook Tire Technology is seen to benefit the most due among South Korean tire makers in the increasing global demand for used cars due to its large proportion of replacement tire sales at 80 percent and expected price...

GM to feature expanded Super Cruise tech on 6 vehicles next year

General Motors will include its expanded, hands-free driver-assisted technology dubbed Super Cruise on six vehicles in the first quarter of next year. The Super Cruise can indicate when a lane change is safe and...

Toyota halts Thai plants due to COVID-19 induced parts supply crunch

Toyota Motor Corp suspended operations at all three Thai plants through next Wednesday due to a coronavirus outbreak-triggered shortage of parts. The companys three Thai plants, all located in Bangkok, have a combined...

Wavve to air Olympics to catch up with Netflix in S.Korea

South Korean video streaming service Wavve is eyeing to boost its user base this summer by airing the Tokyo Olympics and catch up to market leader Netflix Inc. The Tokyo Olympics, which officially kick off Friday, may...

Crocs sues Walmart, 19 others for alleged trademark infringment

Crocs filed four trademark infringement lawsuits in several US district courts against about 20 companies, including Walmart and Hobby Lobby. In one of the lawsuits filed in Colorado, Crocs alleges that Walmart is...

Politics

Kevin McCarthy humiliated: House Democrats mock House GOP leader over pledge to run GOP-led probe into 1/6

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy may find himself under more pressure in the coming days as the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection begins its work next week. Following McCarthys pledge...

Kamala Harris meets with DACA recipients after federal court ruling in favor of repealing program

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Capitol insurrection: Democratic Rep. says ex-POTUS Donald Trump should testify before 1/6 panel

The House select committee in charge of extensively probing the events of the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol is set to start work next week with its first hearing. California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna said that the...

Joe Biden reveals other world leaders ask him about US' standing in latest town hall

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Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

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Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

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S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

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Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

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Technology

‘Dead Space Remake’ confirms there are no microtransactions planned

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Oculus Quest 2 with 128GB storage could be underway

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‘Genshin Impact’ is adding Aloy and Predator for free

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‘Battlefield 2042’ features maps from three older games through the Battlefield Portal

The third game mode in Battlefield 2042 has been unveiled, and it will be officially called the Battlefield Portal. Its name fits well with the experience it will offer as it will serve as a platform where old and new fans...
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