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Perspectives on Five Health Systems – Efficient and Sustainable?

by Stephen Duckett, Andrew Street, Chris Simpson, David Walker, Don Drummond, Duncan Sinclair, Ruth Wilson, Laurent Chambaud and Jackie Cumming

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Australia’s health system is unique – much like its fauna. It has been shaped by the nation’s colonial history – the first hospitals were provided by the colonial administrations – and, of course, politics. It’s a curious blend of public and private funding and delivery of health care, with the Commonwealth (national) and the state governments both having significant roles in what has been described as an example of “marble cake federalism”.

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