Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison is Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He is based in Canberra.

Federal budget 2015: 'No jab, no pay' tipped to save $500 million

Amy Corderoy and Dan Harrison The government estimates it will save more than $500 million from its "no jab, no pay" policy to stop families of unvaccinated children from accessing family and child care benefits. 


Federal budget 2015: Nearly $2 billion in cuts to health system


Amy Corderoy, Dan Harrison The government will cut nearly $2 billion from the health system over the next four years, as well as maintaining controversial changes to the way the commonwealth funds state-run public hospitals.

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Medibank Private boss George Savvides says he is optimistic of reform to allow insurers to cover GP visits

Medibank CEO George Savvides.

Julia Medew and Dan Harrison The head of Australia's largest private health insurer is optimistic the federal government end the ban on insurers covering non-hospital based primary care.

Indigenous talent urged to dream big, all the way to the CEO's office

ANZ chief executive Phil Chronican and Carmelita Tabuchi-Muap.

Dan Harrison Carmelita Tabuchi-Muap has seen the way people's attitude to her changes when she mentions her Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Abbott government hoses down calls for royal commission into Commonwealth Bank over allegedly dodgy financial advice

Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann

Dan Harrison, Adele Ferguson The federal government is hosing down calls for a royal commission to probe Commonwealth Bank financial advisers over client's lost money.

Health Minister Peter Dutton says Medicare fees will improve health outcomes

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has predicted the introduction of a fee to visit the doctor will improve health outcomes by making it easier for patients to get an appointment and for doctors to spend...

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Federal budget 2014: Commonwealth to slash share of hospital funding


Amy Corderoy, Dan Harrison Billions of dollars will be slashed from already-strained public hospital budgets under plans that could lead to huge increases in waiting times for surgery and emergency treatment.


Myer boss Bernie Brookes offered to resign over 'disability' social media storm

Bernie Brookes.

Dan Harrison Myer boss Bernie Brookes submitted his resignation following the social media storm that erupted last May.

Myer boss Bernie Brookes offered to resign over 'disability' social media storm

Dan Harrison Myer boss Bernie Brookes submitted his resignation following the social media storm that erupted last May after he said that an increase in the Medicare levy to help fund the National Disability...

The sick used to fill budget black hole, says AMA


Dan Harrison Patient advocates say cuts to health spending will lead to higher out-of-pocket costs for consumers, while doctors have accused the government of targeting the sick to reduce the budget deficit.

Patients and doctors to feel pain


Dan Harrison Patients will face higher out-of-pocket costs and doctors will feel some pain as the government tries to rein in growth in health spending.

Cancer programs given boost

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Dan Harrison A $226 million package to improve cancer prevention, detection, treatment and research is one of the few new spending measures in a tight health budget.

Disability scheme to be bigger than first estimated

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Dan Harrison The number of people expected to be covered by DisabilityCare has been revised up by 50,000 because of population growth.

Rate of bulk billing hits record high

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Dan Harrison The proportion of GP visits being bulk-billed has hit a record high, with 82.4 per cent of GP services in the first three months of the year provided at no cost to the patient.

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Google wins High Court appeal on ads


Dan Harrison Internet behemoth Google has won its legal battle with the consumer watchdog.

Google claims victory in ACCC court battle


Dan Harrison Internet search giant Google has won its legal battle with the consumer watchdog, after the High Court today overturned a ruling that the company had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct.

ACCC pursues Garuda

garuda1.jpg A Garuda flight leaves Perth Airport for Bali at 8.30.am this morning leaving behind about 50 passengers who cancelled due to the Bali tragedy.

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Dan Harrison Watchdog chases airline following High Court dismissal of sovereign immunity claim.

Contribution to disability 'inadequate'

Photo of Greg holding a sign. Staff from Outlook will rally at the library from 9am then march down Main Street to Pakenham railway station to go to Melbourne rally for National Disability Insurance Scheme. . Pic by Lucy Di Paolo

Dan Harrison The NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has described the Gillard government's $1 billion budget commitment to a National Disability Insurance Scheme as ''hopelessly inadequate''.

Canberra involves states in $1 billion support scheme


Dan Harrison An injection of $1 billion will kick-start the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Welfare parents set to pay more for services


Dan Harrison Families on welfare will pay more for childcare and subsidised care will be better targeted under an overhaul of a program designed to encourage parents to enter or return to the workforce.