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2016 Mar

Private Health Insurance Consultation

The Australian Doctors’ Fund (ADF) maintains that Australia has achieved a standard of medical treatment and healthcare that has contributed to Australians enjoying the second longest life expectancy in the world. According to co-author of the CareTrack Australia Study (examining evidence based care of common conditions), Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite

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2016 Mar

Trump Health Policy

This briefing paper is supplied for information purposes and is not an endorsement or criticism of any particular policy or candidate. As of 4 March 2016, and according to a document entitled ‘HealthCare Reform to Make America Great Again’[1], GOP front runner, Donald Trump

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2016 Feb

AHPRA

Former Productivity Commissioner, Prof Judith Sloan has described AHPRA as “yet another federal cock-up”. She said, “The idea for a national registration and regulation of all healthcare professionals was always loopy, a solution in search of a problem and one of the poorer ideas of the Productivity Commission”. Prof Sloan is not wrong. The ADF maintains that the idea of a bureaucracy which has 600,000 health professionals under its control, not being accountable to any single jurisdiction should cause all legislators, state and federal of all political parties, grave concern. The model of AHPRA is flawed and will eventually disintegrate despite there being many dedicated public servants who do their job diligently within its ranks. The ADF supports a national register for doctors, but does not support the unaccountable bureaucracy that is packaged under the label ‘National Registration and Accreditation Scheme’ (NRAS) and has rapidly increased the costs of medical registration whilst disenfranchising many of our senior doctors by abolishing state based limited registration schemes. A bureaucracy that has no direct accountability and seeks to widen its powers and influence to all areas of a health professional’s life including demands that it be allowed to tap the private conversations of doctors and patients, should be critically examined.

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The Australian Doctors' Fund is a public company limited by guarantee. It commenced operation in April 1989. It's Management Committee meets weekly by teleconference to discuss issues that are impacting on the medical profession's ability to deliver quality medical treatment to all Australians.

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