Public perceptions of Australia’s doctors, hospitals and health care systems

Michael H Armitage
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02298.x
Published online: 19 January 2009

To the Editor: I read with interest the article by Hardie and Critchley, in which the authors attempted to measure attitudes towards both Australia’s current health care system, and shifts to greater public or private funding of health care.1 The article’s finding that pro-public funding attitudes were greatly favoured over pro-private funding attitudes may in fact be more of a reflection of the leading nature of the authors’ pro-private statements than of the true attitudes of the 800 study participants. Most Australians, regardless of their views on public versus private funding of health care, would be unlikely to support the statements “Australia should adopt a private, user-pays system like they have in the [United States]” and “The very best health care should be available only to those who can afford it”.1

  • Michael H Armitage

  • Australian Health Insurance Association, Canberra, ACT.



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