Health policy expert sets agenda

The Abbott Government was elected with “almost no health policy” according to a leading academic who says it must focus on three key areas as a matter of urgency.

Professor Stephen Duckett (pictured), a health policy expert at La Trobe University and a director at the Grattan Institute, said despite an apparent health policy deficit coming into the job, the government now needs to set policies and priorities and make sure they are more than “just one-term quick fixes”.

At the very least, he says it must keep the Medicare promise,