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Private Health Insurance is in the national spotlight with reports of many young Australians not taking up private health insurance and simply relying on the public health system due to cost and product confusion between insurance providers.
Industry groups such as the AMA, Consumers Health Forum, Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association and Choice are calling for a comprehensive inquiry into private health insurance or a campaign for change.
This debate is vitally important for the future wellbeing of Australia’s health system as a whole.
Three of Australia’s leading health experts discuss the future of public & private healthcare at the National Press Club.
Dr Rachel David, MBBS, MBA, GAICD
Dr Rachel David is an expert on healthcare policy and financing, and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Private Healthcare Australia, the industry peak body representing health funds. Formerly a medical practitioner, she is dedicated to harnessing medical best practice and policy to improve health outcomes in the community. Previously a senior advisor to the Federal Health Minister between 1996 and 2000, her relationships in the government sector and Australian business community extend to the highest levels.
Dr David has worked with the international pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices industries for more than a decade, including Australian biotech leader CSL, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. On the senior management team of CSL Ltd, she played a pivotal role in making the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil available to Australian women, and later boys. She has also been a founding practice manager of the McKinsey & Company health and government sector practice in Australia.
In her current role, Dr David undertakes policy and advocacy work, as well as thought leadership for Australia’s major health funds.
Dr Tony Bartone
Dr Anthony (Tony) Bartone was elected Federal President of the AMA in May 2018, having served as Vice President since May 2016. He served as President of AMA Victoria (AMA VIC) from 2014 to 2016, and as Vice President of AMA VIC from 2012 to 2014.
Dr Bartone is an experienced General Practitioner and management executive, working in two General Practices in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. His principal specialty interests include men’s Health, mental health counselling, care co-ordination of patients with multiple chronic illnesses, and aged care. Dr Bartone graduated from Melbourne University in 1984 after completing his residency at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, and obtained his fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1990.
Dr Bartone also completed a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School in 2004 with First Class Honours average.
Dr Bartone has held many Federal AMA Council and Committee positions since 2008, including serving as a member of the AMA Council of General Practice.
At the 2016 AMA National Conference, Dr Bartone was awarded Fellowship of the Association in recognition of his outstanding services to the AMA and as a mark of the high esteem in which he is held by Fellow members.
Dr Stephen Duckett
Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute and is an author of Grattan’s reports on private health. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.