Category: Publications

Private Health Insurance: A look under the bonnet

Australian private health insurers (PHI) have an image problem. They are never out of the headlines for long, are criticised for inappropriately profiteering from a $6 billion government handout and still their products seem to offer poor value and satisfy no one. Margaret Faux discusses this identity crisis in ‘The Health Advocate’s latest edition (Issue […]

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Behind the headlines on hospital waiting times lies a murky story about lack of structural accountability

Recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report reveals that patients in public hospitals with private health insurance have short waiting times for elective surgery than those without private health insurance. Margaret explores behind the headlines in this article.  https://croakey.org/behind-the-headlines-on-hospital-waiting-times-lies-a-murky-story-about-lack-of-structural-accountability/ 

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Increasing Medicare rebates in the bush will not decrease patient out of pocket costs. Here’s why.

A Ministerial Advisory Committee on private health reform has proposed an increase in Medicare rebates as a way of reducing out-of-pocket costs when rural patients require inpatient services. It seems logical but will it really achieve its objective? In this article Margaret explains why it won’t work. https://croakey.org/increasing-medicare-rebates-in-the-bush-will-not-reduce-patient-out-of-pocket-costs-heres-why/  

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Lies, damned lies and Medicare bulk-billing rates

In this article recently published in The Medical Republic, Margaret Faux discusses the myth that 85% of GP services are bulk billed. Please click on the below link to read this fascinating article.  http://www.medicalrepublic.com.au/lies-damned-lies-medicare-bulk-billing-rates/

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Is after hours care keeping patients out of emergency departments?

Medicare expenditure on after hours GP services has risen dramatically in the past year. But does it really keep patients out of Emergency Departments. Margaret Faux chatted with Ellen Leadbeater on 2SER FM’s Think Health about the rise in after hours care. Listen to the full transcript here.

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Privatisation of Medicare is risky business

We have come to expect that our politicians will dismiss each other’s policies as scaremongering when it’s expedient to do so. But we demand more of our journalists, whose job it is to provide balance and perspective. Last night the ABC let us down in this regard when it comes to ‘Mediscare’, by failing to properly analyse […]

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Does Medicare Need Modernising?

Medicare is one of those things that’s distinctly Australian but does it need to adapt to the times? Margaret Faux is a lawyer, registered nurse and founder of Synapse Medical Services. Her PhD is entitled “Claiming and compliance under the Medicare Benefits Schedule: A critical examination of medical practitioner experiences, perceptions, attitudes and knowledge.” She’s […]

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