Policy Briefs/Papers

Does reducing rebates for private health insurance generate cost savings?” Melbourne Institute Policy Brief No. 3/13, 2013.


Private health insurance rebates don’t serve their purpose. Lets talk about scrapping them“, The Conversation, February 2018

Are private patients in public hospitals a problem?” The Conversation, with Peter Sivey, July 2017.

Policy downgrades – a closer look“, in Is Health Insurance Worth It, Health Voices, April 2017.

Can private health insurers justify a 6.2% increase in premiums?” The Conversation, March 2015. Related link: ABC Radio National

“Getting the right balance in Australia’s public and private health care system” (with A Scott), in Better Bang for your Buck, Health Voices, April 2014, pp25–26.

Why its time to remove private health insurance rebates?” The Conversation, July 2013.

Health funding: What should we do differently?” (with A Scott), Health Voices, April 2013.

Private sector reforms don’t spell the end of the NHS” (with P Sivey), The Conversation,  April 2012

“Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life”. Surgical News, 2010; 11(1): 32-33. (Royal Australian College of Surgeons).

Research in the Media

“Midlife crises do exists” based on research with Nick Powdthavee and Andrew Oswald. Interview with ABC News.

Private health rebate a target for Government razor gang“. The World Today, ABC News. 31 July 2013. Related links: Sydney Morning Herald 

“Cost effective to axe rebate” Sydney Morning Herald, 26 November 2011 (Article here)

“GP registrars’ average earnings top $112,000” Australian Doctor, 4 May 2011

“Doctor’s earnings; how do GPs rate?” Australian Doctor, 30 July 2010

“New study highlights medicines biggest earners”, MJA Insight, Issue 4, 26 July 2010