Academic journal article Australian Health Review

The Australian Health Care System

Academic journal article Australian Health Review

The Australian Health Care System

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The Australian health care system Duckett SJ Oxford University Press, 2007 (3rd ed) ISBN: 978 O 19555 142 6. 370 + xxi pages. RRP: $69.95

THIS IS THE THIRD edition of one of the seminal local texts on the Australian health care system. Over the last seven years, this text has proved a basis for helping students, casual readers and health professionals understand Australia's sometimes difficult to understand health care system. The text is divided into ten chapters that deal with key aspects of Australia's health care system, namely:

* Frameworks for analysis

* The Australian population and its health

* Financing health care

* The health workforce

* Departmental and intergovernmental structures

* Hospitals

* Public health

* Primary and community care

* Pharmaceuticals

* Policy challenges for the Australian health care system.

There are several key reasons why this text has been widely used in the past and will continue to be of value well into the future. The author has been able to accurately describe the complexities of the Australian health care system in an easily digestible way. …

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