Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Intergenerational report: Health spending to soar but causes lie in wages and disease rates


Dan Harrison Federal government health spending will more than double in real terms over the next four decades.

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Nigel Scullion proclaims 'new relationship' with Indigenous Australians

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.

Dan Harrison, Michael Gordon The Abbott government has proclaimed "a new relationship of engagement" with Indigenous Australia.

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Co-payment may be gone but government reservations on bulk-billing remain

Health Minister Sussan Key announces the withdrawal of the GP co-payment on Tuesday.

Dan Harrison The dreaded Medicare co-payment may be gone, but the Abbott government has not abandoned its belief that those who can afford to pay more for their healthcare should do so.

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GP co-payment fee is 'dead, buried and cremated': Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time on Tuesday.

Mark Kenny, Dan Harrison Tony Abbott has declared the GP co-payment as "dead, buried, cremated" after it was finally dumped on Tuesday.

Kate Carnell shares story of her lost teenage years after anorexia battle

Kate Carnell has opened up about her battle with anorexia as a teenager.

Dan Harrison She considers herself one of the lucky ones. "I lived," she said. "I got through without any serious long term problems."

After all the pain, Abbott plans co-payment amputation

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James Massola, Jacqueline Maley and Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has signalled the controversial Medicare co-payment could be dumped in a matter of days.

Tony Abbott hints at dropping Medicare co-payment policy

Tony Abbott hinted he may drop his controversial Medicare policy.

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given his clearest signal yet that he may be preparing to dump his controversial plan for a fee to see a GP.

Former Prime Minister John Howard released from hospital after heart scare

Former Prime Minister John Howard addresses the media after the 2014 Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Tuesday 11 November 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Dan Harrison Former Prime Minister John Howard has been discharged from a Sydney hospital after receiving treatment for a heart condition.

Private health insurance premiums to rise by 6.18%, as government signs off on increase

The cost of health insurance helped push up inflation in the second quarter.

Dan Harrison Private health insurance premiums will rise by a weighted industry average of 6.18 per cent from April 1, Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced.

Hundreds of thousands to pay much more to see GP, Senate hearing told

Greens senator Richard Di Natale believes hundreds of thousands of Australians will have to pay their full GP bill upfront.

Dan Harrison Hundreds of thousands of Australians could face having to pay the full cost of their visit upfront as a result of the government's Medicare changes, a Senate committee has heard.

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Act of Recognition to be extended

Dan Harrison Legislative recognition of Indigenous Australians will be extended for a further three years.

Subsidy places lifesaving treatment within reach

Christian Rivera with his mother Rina Sousa.

Dan Harrison The clear liquid runs into Christian Rivera's 13-year-old body through an intravenous drip.

Closing the Gap campaign results poor

The Prime Minister’s chief  Indigenous adviser, Warren Mundine, has described the Closing the Gap report as

Dan Harrison When Prime Minister Tony Abbott rose in the House of Representatives on Wednesday morning to deliver the annual report on efforts to close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians,...

Coalition MPs stage walkout after Bill Shorten raises budget in Closing the Gap speech

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Michael Gordon and Dan Harrison Bipartisan consensus on Indigenous policy ruptured on Wednesday when several Coalition MPs walked out on a speech by Labor leader Bill Shorten calling on the government to reverse $500 million in...

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Indigenous groups urge government to "stay the course" on closing the gap

First Aboriginal Eye doctor Kris Rallah-Baker working at Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation Mataranka Northern Territory.  Dr Kris Baker analyses the eye of Joyce Silver, from Mulgin Community Mataranka.

Dan Harrison Government cuts and funding uncertainty for Indigenous health initiatives jeopardise the gains made, Aboriginal groups say.

GP co-payment architect calls for $5 fee for doctor's visits to be dropped

Terry Barnes.

Dan Harrison Policy consultant Terry Barnes has called for the Abbott government to scrap its plan to introduce an "optional" $5 fee to visit the doctor.

Liberal party room to meet on Monday morning to vote on spill motion

PM Tony Abbott has requested a special party room meeting for Monday.

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called a special party room meeting for 9am on Monday to end the uncertainty around his leadership.

Medicare architect suggests making business pay for sick certificates

Dan Harrison Employers, not employees, should pay for medical certificates because it is employers who need them, academic says.

Abbott loyalists blitz airwaves

Publicly supports Abbott: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.

Dan Harrison Tony Abbott's praetorian guard blitzed the airwaves on Saturday in a bid to persuade nervous Liberal MPs to give the Prime Minister time to turn the government's fortunes around.

Liberal spill: Julie Bishop appears alongside Tony Abbott as leadership woes continue

Supporting the PM: Julie Bishop.

Dan Harrison Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has appeared alongside embattled Prime Minister Tony Abbott as he fights to save his leadership.