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[Editorial] The cost of health care in Australia

01 Mar 2014

Plans for radical changes to Medicare, the Australian national health service, were discussed last week by Peter Dutton, health minister, in a speech to parliament and also on national television. The changes may include the introduction of patient copayment fees for all routine doctor visits and may further encourage use of private health insurance. Critics say this would turn Australia away from universal health coverage towards a US-style health system. Dutton's stated aim is to “modernise and strengthen” Medicare, but public protest has been widespread—hundreds of people demonstrated last week in Sydney.

Date: 
1 March 2014

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet