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Why you don't need private health insurance. The worst 'junk' private health insurance Every year people rail against the private health insurance companies for hiking up premiums, usually way above the inflation rate.

Why you don't need private health insurance

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Brushing up our dental care. Putting the bite on government to fix our teeth and overall health. Prevention is always better than the cure. The recent news about NSW not meeting federally imposed targets for waiting times in hospitals should cause us grave concern, but not for the reasons most reports have cited.

Prevention is always better than the cure

Australian life expectancy hits all-time high. Life expectancy has hit a new high, with typical newborn girls now expected to live to 84.5 and boys to 80.4, up from 83.3 and 78.5 a decade ago.

Australian life expectancy hits all-time high

New life tables from the Bureau of Statistics show a typical 30-year-old woman can expect another 55 years, with a further 36 years for a 50-year-old, 18 for a 70-year-old, and 2.4 for a typical 100-year-old. For men, a typical 30-year-old will get another 51 years, with 32 years for a 50-year-old, 15.6 for a 70-year-old, and 2.2 for a typical 100-year-old. Men at the traditional retirement age of 65 have another 19.5 years.

Fifty years ago in 1966, they had only 12 years. Women at 65 have another 22.3 years. Royal Flying Doctor service gets an $18 million boost. For the first time, the Royal Flying Doctor Service will operate a for-profit service providing training to the hundreds of pilots in Australasia who fly Beechcraft King Air planes, the ones used to deliver medical treatment to remote areas.

Royal Flying Doctor service gets an $18 million boost

Following three years of negotiations, the RFDS has received $18 million in new funding, including about $12 million from the Australian subsidiary of Israel's Elbit Systems, to open a new training centre to provide the latest simulation and training equipment at its base in Dubbo. Currently operators of these light aircraft, including the RFDS which has a fleet of 18, go to Europe or the United States for the latest training, said David Charlton, the RFDS' general manager for aviation and strategic development. The new training facilities would allow RFDS to train its own pilots and doctors and nurses together by providing aero-medical simulation. Tourists, who already flock to the base, will be able to watch the training. Royal Flying Doctor Service takes mental health programs to the most remote areas. The sugarcane farmer Mental health in the outback Diving on the reef.

Royal Flying Doctor Service takes mental health programs to the most remote areas

Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the MBS (Better Access) initiative. Families to save hundreds of dollars under PBS changes. Elderly in pain as NSW elective surgery waiting list hits record numbers. Elderly NSW residents are bearing the brunt of a blow-out in elective surgery waiting lists, which have reached a record level of 74,351 patients.

Elderly in pain as NSW elective surgery waiting list hits record numbers

Waiting times for treatment of non-urgent but debilitating conditions have stretched to a record 229 days. Elective surgery waiting lists are rising at public hospitals as increased activity in emergency departments takes away beds and resources, says the Australian Medical Association, which has called for sustainable funding for both. Waiting times have increased by eight days since March 2011 when the NSW Liberals and Nationals won government, and the waiting list had leapt by 8300 patients, says NSW Labor's health spokesman Walt Secord.

Future of Sydney’s Health and Education. By 2026, Sydney’s population will include more school-age children and people of retirement age, increasing pressure on already stressed health and education systems.

Future of Sydney’s Health and Education

The opportunities are there. From one perspective, one-stop hubs, rich seams of data and technological progress will allow patients unprecedented control over their healthcare in the next decade. Schools and universities, responding and catering to the innovations of their students, will be able to teach and research in ways and in settings far more engaging than the traditional lecture in a hall. But, from another perspective, what looms ahead is shortage and crisis. If demography is not destiny, it is at least a direction. Sydney gets richer as it gets bigger. But there's a catch.

As Sydney gets bigger and more densely populated it is also gets much richer.

Sydney gets richer as it gets bigger. But there's a catch

But there's a catch – new research shows a disproportionate share of the wealth is going to top income earners as Australia's major cities grow and that is breeding greater inequality. A team of academics at the University of Sydney's Urban Lab compared 101 Australian cities and towns with populations of more than 10,000 people to test how the size of urban areas influences the accumulation and distribution of income. They found that major cities drive economic growth as their populations increase.