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Fit for purpose?

15 April 2019

Australia’s last big healthcare reform was in the 1970s. As the election campaign gets under way, two analysts discuss urgently needed changes with Peter Clarke

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Wrong priority? Hospital funding dominates the political debate. Paul Braven/AAP Images

Wrong priority? Hospital funding dominates the political debate. Paul Braven/AAP Images


Where is the healthcare system most in need of reform, and what values should we use to guide change? In this 2019 election policy podcast, Peter Clarke talks to Lesley Russell, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney, and Jennifer Doggett, Chair of the Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance and an editor of Croakey. Lesley and Jennifer are both regular contributors to Inside Story.

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