New findings on Medicare programs and private health insurance policies

National Portrait Gallery
King Edward Terrace
ACT 2600

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Melbourne Institute

  • Public Economics Forum

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The current Australian government is committed to championing high-quality impact evaluations of health policies. This means knowing what works and what can work better, to deliver value for money. High-quality policy evaluation requires large national real-world healthcare data, and rigorous quasi-experiment design to study causal effects of health policies on patient outcomes.

Join us at the Public Economics Forum to hear from the leading researchers, policymakers, and experts in the field of health economics and policy about:

  • New development on national healthcare data linkage
  • New research findings on the impact of government policies on private health insurance take-up and impact on choices of and waiting time in hospitals
  • New research findings on the effects of key Medicare programs (e.g., Indigenous Health Incentive Programs and safety net programs) on access to healthcare and patient outcomes
  • What the findings mean for the design of private health insurance and Medicare to improve population health while saving costs


  • Dr Phillip Gould, First Assistant Secretary, Health Economics and Research Division at the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care)
  • Professor Yuting Zhang, Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research, University of Melbourne)
  • Ms Teresa Dickinson PSM, Deputy Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics