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    Agreed. The difficulty is, in both health and education, overcoming the systemic inertia that protects the “status quo” before the real reform can start.

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    Agreed also. And putting ‘health outcomes’ at the centre of health funding, would bring Australia’s newly privatised health sector under some much needed scrutiny. How many people realise that private patients frequently end up in their GP’s office needing the extensive support and follow up that public patients take for granted? Private doctors can indulge in outdated practices like refusing to education their patients, leading to high rates of drop out of treatments and increased risk of disease relapse. High rates of post procedure infections and poor control of side effects of medical treatments like chemotherapy are common by products of poor nursing care by unsupervised and unqualified nursing staff in many private hospitals. An open debate of health costs paid by tax payers for actual quality of care received by patients, would be very embarrassing to many (newly) wealthy private doctors. And also very timely.


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