A report released last week by the Parliamentary Budget Office shows that government policy has driven a significant proportion of the growth in MBS costs. In fact, of the A$325 real increase in MBS spending per head since 1993-94, all but A$74 has been the result of explicit government decisions.
An analysis of data from World Health Organisation (WHO) member states suggests that national cesarean delivery rates of approximately 19 per 100 live births are associated with lower maternal or neonatal mortality. This number stands in contrast to the current WHO recommendation that population-level cesarean delivery rates not exceed 10% to 15%.
Medibank Private, has secured a landmark win in its battle to lower costs in hospitals after inking a new agreement with the private hospital operator Healthscope.
A Senate committee has given its tick of approval to legislation that critics say will put the lives of mentally ill people at risk.
Libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm has praised childless Australians in a speech in the Senate, saying they should receive thanks instead of pity or criticism.