Opinion: Allow Aussies to opt out of Medicare and rely on private health insurance April 1, 2015 Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci In an article for The Conversation, Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci, Head of the Health Policy Program at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, argues that Australia’s health financing system needs a reboot to reduce the distortions and inefficiencies created by the overlapping coverage between Medicare and private health insurance. He says that one solution would be to allow individuals to voluntarily opt out of Medicare entirely and buy full coverage via their private health insurance. Professor Paolucci calls for a coherent vision followed by consistent action to design and implement the policy changes necessary to guarantee a modern, sustainable and durable health care financing system. The full article can be read here. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, School of Management and Governance, School of Management and Governance Research Tags: francesco paolucci, medicare, private health insurance, sir walter murdoch school of public policy and international affairs, the conversation Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!