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The key to better hospital care is … in your home

We’re living longer and heaping extra strain on the hospital and healthcare systems, but a pilot program offers a solution.


Secret hospital reports are failing patients and doctors

One in nine patients in public and private hospitals in Australia suffers a complication that costs taxpayers more than $5 billion a year, according to a new report.

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Falls most common cause of hospitalised injury in over 65s

Figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Wednesday show that just over 100,000 people aged 65 and over were hospitalised due to a fall in 2014–15.


Speak up and ask questions in order to stay safe

It’s likely we will all experience a hospital stay at some stage in our lives, more so as we get older. So what can we do to minimise the risk of a medical mistake?


How general anaesthetic affects your brain and body

Sometimes a general anaesthetic is unavoidable, but when you discover what it does to your brain and body, you may be more likely to go for a local the next time you have a choice.


Hospitals passing the buck for ambo bills

Ambulance cover complaints have more than doubled in 10 years with many patients being stung for up to $5000 for transfers between hospitals, the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s office has revealed.

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Complication rates one in four for overnight hospital stays

Disturbing report details the secret dangers involved when you have surgery.

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Why you should avoid hospitals in January

January is the quietest month in Australia. But for hospitals, January is a time of big transition. And for patients, that means January is when things are more likely to go wrong.

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Value of health insurance eroded, Senate committee finds

Health insurance premiums have become less affordable and exclusions and policy co-payments have increased.

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Study blasts private health system

Reluctant health insurance customers ‘better off paying the Medicare Levy surcharge’, says investment banker.

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Australian Heart Maps reveal heart disease hotspots

The Heart Foundation’s new Australian Heart Maps have revealed a disturbing gap in the health of city dwellers compared with residents in regional Australia.

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Health hotspots: where is Australia’s health system failing?

The Grattan Institute has identified hotspots of health inequality throughout Australia, showing that the nation’s health system is failing in some communities.

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