Abuse in Nursing Homes

Abuse in Nursing Homes

15 MAY, 2017 Abuse Bureaucratic bungling Consequences Abuse in nursing homes has raised it’s ugly head again, with an article in this weekend’s Australian titled ‘Lethal care: Insulin murders’. The article documents serial murder, going on...
Not so lucky patients

Not so lucky patients

The Lucky Country and out of pocket costs Australian’s are used to being told they are the ‘lucky country’ and that healthcare is ‘free’. Before you accept this concept as fact, consider the following information. 17% of all total health...
Florence in a private hospital

Florence in a private hospital

How much has changed since the 19th Century?   Florence Nightingale though she had her hands full, trying to reform nineteenth century English hospitals. Run down hospitals, drunken unskilled nursing aids, surgeons who refused to wash their hands and patients...
The real cost of health care

The real cost of health care

The cost of health care reflects the power imbalance between seller and buyer    Why do health experts around the world get so upset about proposals to privatised healthcare? Wouldn’t private health insurance companies be more efficient at managing health...
Quick fixes and sham-economics

Quick fixes and sham-economics

Education means investing in an employable workforce. Healthcare means investing in a healthy community. When ‘Sir Les Patterson’ style politicians get caught out wasting money on shabby deals, they tend to respond with funding cuts to serious portfolios...
Manipulated waiting lists

Manipulated waiting lists

Manipulated waiting lists   The ongoing outcry about more funding desperately needed for struggling Australian hospitals may be somewhat of a red herring.  According to a wide range of unconnected sources, waiting lists in some public hospitals are sometimes...