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Australian healthcare: purposeful reform or three more years of political rhetoric?

Martin B Van Der Weyden
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (11): 593-594.
Published online: 6 December 2004

Health statistics say we’re doing well, but our healthcare system is in crisis; we need more than just another report

Australians have never enjoyed such good health as they do now. Our life expectancies reach well beyond the biblical ideal of “threescore and ten”, and we rank among the top four in the world’s longevity league.1 However, there is a caveat: the poor health and short lives of Indigenous Australians continue to be a blot on the nation’s psyche.

  • Martin B Van Der Weyden

  • The Medical Journal of Australia, Sydney, NSW.

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