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October 2013 News

31/10/2013 - 3:57pm

NIB, Australia's only publicly listed health insurance provider, announced plans to enter the lucrative overseas medical tourism market at the annual shareholders meeting in Newcastle on October 29.

Medical tourism involves patients travelling overseas to receive surgery and treatments, often at lower prices than are available in Australia.

Written by: Jethro Still
24/10/2013 - 2:59pm

A major health fund and private hospital group have agreed to forgo payments for 'never events', which is a major step toward improving Australian health outcomes according to Private Healthcare Australia (PHA).

PHA has been advocating private and public hospitals to adopt the non-payment policy' for many years, said the CEO of the Private Health Insurance industry's peak body, Dr Michael Armitage.

24/10/2013 - 2:52pm

The government has begun preparing Australian health insurance provider Medibank Private for sale as it attempts to make budget cuts.

The potential $4 billion sale of Medibank is due to be underway before Christmas after advisers were appointed to perform a scoping study.

Reviving a sale process that was put on hold in 2007 by former prime minister John Howard, the scoping study will prepare Medibank for either a trade sale or public listing, clearing the way for investment banks to value the company.

23/10/2013 - 3:15pm

Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton has announced government funding for more children with Type 1 Diabetes to gain access to an insulin pump to help manage their disease.

A total funding allocation of $1.4 million will provide insulin pump subsidies for an additional 136 children under the Type 1 Diabetes Insulin Pump Programme, Mr Dutton said in an October 20 statement.

In addition to the 68 pumps already available, the programme will now benefit over 200 children and their families over the next year.

22/10/2013 - 3:14pm

Public funding for the cell enrichment liquid-based cytology (CE LBC) in routine screening for the prevention of cervical cancer has been supported by the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC).

The historic decision has provoked commendation from Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDC), a leading global medical technology company.

A lengthy and comprehensive review of the safety, clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of CE LBC led to MSAC finding CE LBC is as safe and effective as conventional cytology.

22/10/2013 - 3:13pm

The WA Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM) report has revealed significant improvements to patient care in Western Australia.

The report, which covers a five-year period from 2008 to 2012, includes the clinical review of all cases where patients have died under the care of a surgeon in WA, regardless of whether a procedure took place.

"Patient safety remains the top priority for WA Health and learning from adverse events is one way that helps us achieve this goal," WA Health Acting Director General Professor Bryant Stokes said in an October 21 statement.

21/10/2013 - 3:01pm

The chance of being hospitalised for chronic kidney disease (CKD) varies according to where people live, according to recent data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Hospitalisation or death caused by CKD was generally higher outside of major cities, but the disease was especially prevalent in remote areas.

The study also shows all people from remote and very remote areas were 2.2 times more likely to die from CKD than any person from a major city.

18/10/2013 - 3:29pm

With the hot summer months almost upon us, it's time to start thinking about how to stay safe and avoid heat related illness at work.

The effects of heat stress and illness can seriously harm an employee and also cause productivity and efficiency to drop.

Heat Hazards

While any worker can suffer from heat illness, it is the biggest concern for businesses that operate or involve physical activity outdoors.

Working outside under the summer sun can cause severe burns and often leads to fatigue, dehydration and weakness.

17/10/2013 - 3:11pm

Two-thirds of Australian smokers die as a direct consequence of smoking, according to data collected by the Sax Institute for the '45 and Up Study'.

The four-year analysis is the largest ongoing study of healthy aging that has ever been conducted in the Southern Hemisphere, and features the health records of more than 200,000 people. This is also the first time long-term Australian smoking data has been studied.

Written by: Suzanne Still
16/10/2013 - 2:44pm

The Hospital Contribution Fund of Australia (HCF) has expanded My Home Doctor, an after-hours GP service, into Victoria.

My Home Doctor provides registered doctors who make non-emergency home visits outside of normal practice opening hours.

The service is now available in more than 500 suburbs in Melbourne and Geelong, free of charge for HCF members with a Hospital product.

Previous to this expansion, My Home Doctor's was operating in more than 1,100 suburbs in New South Wales and Queensland.