Policy Briefs/Papers

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


Premiums up, rebates down, and a new tired system – what the private health insurance changes mean“, The Conversation, March 2019

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