Category Archives: Health

Health care business numbers up 17%, while retail, mining & farm business counts fall 8-9% over 2012 to 2016

The structural change the Australian economy has experienced in recent years, including the decline in manufacturing and the decline of small retailers, at the same time as health care and other service sectors are booming, reveals itself in the latest … Continue reading

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Pets are good for your health, the Budget and the economy

Bondi Vet Dr Chris Brown has noted: “…pets make us happy. They wash away our worries while showing us how life should be lived. And pets are proven to also make us healthier.” Pets also have economic and budgetary impacts, … Continue reading

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Qld Budget includes unbelievably low expenditure growth forecasts

As the Queensland Budget bad news (revenue write-downs, super raids, etc) had already been released by the Government, there was not much to get excited about yesterday afternoon, or so I thought. Then I had a look at the Government’s … Continue reading

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Qld Govt faces big budgetary challenges from unreliable revenues and soaring health costs

In yesterday’s post I noted that the Queensland Government has become increasingly reliant on volatile royalties revenue, and that its major revenue sources of Commonwealth grants and taxation revenue have been growing significantly slower than expenses in recent years. I … Continue reading

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Are GPs resistant to cost-effective health care for regional and remote Australians?

There are large differences in access to health care between Australians living in major cities and those living in regional and remote areas, as confirmed by 2013-14 ABS survey data on patient experiences published last Friday (see chart above).  Of … Continue reading

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4BC interview on hospital cost blowout – Govts need to crunch numbers properly before spending decisions

I spoke to Ben Davis from 4BC’s Drive program yesterday afternoon about the Auditor-General’s report on the Beattie Government’s decision in 2006 to build three new hospitals, including the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and new hospitals on the Gold and … Continue reading

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Upcoming Economic Society event on rural & remote service delivery

With a relatively high proportion of the population living outside of major cities and towns, in outer regional or remote areas (see chart above based on ABS data), Queensland faces an additional challenge in delivering government services such as health … Continue reading

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