Australia has turned a corner, but we must be careful about when we lift restrictions, what restrictions we lift, and in what order.
Driven by tighter restrictions at the border, new cases of COVID-19 have fallen rapidly in Australia. But local transmission has not shared the same fate, with the rate of new cases remaining relatively flat over the past week or so.
The lessons from overseas are clear: unless Australians comprehensively comply with spatial distancing, those measures won’t work and our hospitals will be over-run.
We should be clear: a shutdown of anything that isn’t truly essential will be needed to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system.
The less people are physically near each other, the lower the rate of transmission of coronavirus. That’s why ‘social distancing’ – or more accurately, spatial distancing – is a key strategy to slow the spread of the virus.
The impact of the new measures by the Australian Government will take time to show up in official COVID-19 cases. It’s a step in the right direction, but we are unlikely to see the flow-through to lower case numbers for another week.
There is no good news for private health insurers in the quarterly health Insurance statistics released today.
The private health insurance industry likes to warn Australians of a doomsday scenario. Don’t believe it.
About 65,000 fewer Australians had health insurance in December 2018 compared to December 2017.
Australia has an extensive dental care subsidy scheme for children, but not many families use it. What can be done about this?