The nine fixes for the Aussie health system

ANALYSIS: Invest in GP care, tax sugary drinks, cut waste in public hospitals, says Grattan Institute

Despite what the gloom-mongers say, Australian healthcare is not going too bad — life expectancy is at 82.5 years, costs are relatively cheap, actual health outcomes are better than many other comparable countries and, importantly, it's nothing like in the US system.

Healthcare reform

But with the release this week of a Grattan Institute reform wish list, we have selected nine ideas pitched by its policy experts, ranging from getting GP practices to publish outcomes data to reducing inefficiencies in the high-spending public hospital

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