5 messages for pollies as we approach election time

For one, refrain from politicising healthcare and lock in policies for the long term, advises Professor Simon Willcock

As the next election edges ever-closer, here are five key messages that politicians should keep firmly in mind.

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1. We have one of the best health systems in the world, including standards, access and outcomes

Remember to reflect on that, and not use health services as a whipping post.

As with most crime statistics, the Australian figures are great and getting better, but people opportunistically focus on the negative stories.

2. People who need health services also need to be supported — their needs should be central

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