Aussies and Healthcare


This was an interesting piece describing a dilemma going on in Australia.   They claim to get better value (no definition given) than us but they are trending in a scary direction:

  • It’s Australia’s fastest-growing industry by employment, rivalled only by our burgeoning services sector and the mining industry. It’s the biggest single employer of Australians, with one in eight of us working in it. And it shows no signs of slowing down. Right now, nearly 1.4 million Australians work in the health and social care sector. On current rates of growth, before the decade is out, one in seven of us will be in the sector.
  • This dovetails with the conclusion reached by the Grattan Institute, that it is more use of the health system, not an ageing population, that has driven the bulk of the rise in Australia’s healthcare expenditure, even though we’re getting much better value out of our health system than the Americans are.

I just want to point out how more and more Aussies are becoming government employees (through healthcare) and the rise in healthcare expenditure is getting worse and worse.   This is a great example for us not to follow.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Aussies and Healthcare

  1. rebecca
    July 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    This reminds me so much of the time I first came to a middle size town in Iowa looking for a director’s position for the emergency department. There were four hospitals in a town that didn’t even have 125,00 population. This was the only industry in town besides farming. My remark then and still is, this is a dead and dying town that has no one else that is hiring. 25 year later it has gotten so much worse. The hospitals keep growing larger and larger and the industries besides them disappear. We now are a nation of dead and dying and the prolongation of the latter.

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