The problems with Australia's hospitals – and how they can be fixed

Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute

Australia’s public hospitals – and those responsible for funding them – face a number of pressing challenges. In a time of growing populations, they must guarantee access, ensure quality, minimise the chances of anything going wrong, and do it all within the available budget.

Costs are going up, as is demand, putting pressure on Commonwealth and state budgets.

But the