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Armchair reform

Martin B Van Der Weyden
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (8): 417.

Health care reform is high on the political agenda throughout the Western world. In the upcoming United States presidential election, attention will be focused on whether US voters are ready to revisit the principle of universal health care for all Americans, championed by Hillary Clinton during the early days of her husband’s administration. In the United Kingdom, reforms of the National Health Service occur so frequently that they become occupational hazards for health care workers. In Canada, with its free and universal health care system, there is debate about whether private health insurance schemes should coexist with the public health system. And in Australia, health care reform is widely considered to be long overdue in light of the faltering of our overstretched clinical services and recurring questions about safety and quality. Yet, there remains no clear, overarching political enunciation of what direction Australian health care reform should take.

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