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

Elizabeth A Hardie and Christine R Critchley
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (2): 102-103.
Published online: 19 January 2009

In reply: We are intrigued by the discrepancy between our findings1 and the 2007 Ipsos study results2 noted by Armitage. We took a psychometrically rigorous approach to measuring the public’s preference for health care systems. If our pro-private statements seem “leading”, then the pro-public statements (“Australia should adopt a collective social health system supported by higher taxes as is done in some Scandinavian countries”, “I would be willing to pay higher taxes to improve Australia’s health care services”) could be similarly construed.

  • Elizabeth A Hardie
  • Christine R Critchley

  • Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: ehardie@swin.edu.au

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