Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Abbott daughter's $60,000 scholarship 'based on merit'

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office has confirmed his daughter, Frances, received a scholarship to study at a college linked to a friend of the Prime Minister, but said he was not required to...

Tony Abbott's friend linked to $60,000 scholarship for Frances Abbott at private college

ELECTION 2013: Frances Abbott, Margie Abbott, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Bridget Abbott during their visit to Bear Cottage for a funding announcement in Manly, on Sunday 1 September 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Dan Harrison and Daisy Dumas The chairman of a Sydney design college has insisted he had no part in awarding a prestigious scholarship to Frances Abbott, the daughter of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, but conceded he "probably"...

Medicare fee could make many skip diagnostic tests

Sophie Brettell with her 5 day old son Alfie at their Haberfield semi.
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Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

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Dan Harrison, Lucy Carroll A $7 fee for Medicare services could add hundreds of dollars to what families spend each year on healthcare and make it more difficult for GPs to manage patients with complex chronic conditions.

New $7 GP visit fee will not be a 'windfall', say doctors

Dan Harrison Doctors have rubbished claims by Health Minister Peter Dutton that a $7 fee for GP visits will improve health outcomes by allowing doctors to spend more time with patients and make it easier for...

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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NSW rejects Abbott government offer to charge patients $7 for emergency treatment

Some believe a hospital fee will be needed to stop people bypassing the $7 fee for visiting GPs.

Dan Harrison NSW will not charge patients for treatment in its emergency departments, despite the Abbott government allowing states to do so.

Tony Abbott given prescription for broken promise on Medicare Locals

Recommended to break his pledge: Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Dan Harrison A review commissioned by the Abbott government has recommended the Prime Minister break his election pledge not to shut any Medicare Locals.

Support for charging smokers and fat people more for private health cover

Smoking will be banned entirely on Canberra Hospital grounds from September.

Dan Harrison A former top health bureaucrat has backed a controversial Commission of Audit proposal to allow private health insurers to charge higher premiums to higher-risk members, such as those who smoke or...

Old and sick could pay five times more for private cover under audit proposals

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Dan Harrison Older and sicker Australians could face a five-fold increase in their private health insurance premiums if the Abbott government adopts a Commission of Audit proposal to allow funds to vary prices...

Commission of Audit minimum wage proposals to entrench 'working poor': ACTU


Dan Harrison, Gareth Hutchens ACTU says the Commission of Audit's minimum wage proposals would put Australia's among the lowest in the OECD.

Christopher Pyne: Ban donations from companies and unions

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Dan Harrison Coalition frontbencher Christopher Pyne says only individuals should be able to make political donations.

Overweight people could pay more for health insurance: NIB chief Mark Fitzgibbon

Dan Harrison Overweight people could pay more for health insurance under changes recommended by the Commission of Audit, NIB boss Mark Fitzgibbon says.

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Audit commission changes would kill universal healthcare, advocates say

No determinant: Commission of audit chairman Tony Shepherd.

Dan Harrison Patient advocates say adoption of the National Commission of Audit's radical prescription for the health system would spell the end of universal healthcare and would not stem burgeoning costs.

We don't want 'US-style' health system: audit chief Tony Shepherd

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Dan Harrison Commission of Audit chief Tony Shepherd says its proposals would not lead to a "US-style" health system

Slow down NDIS roll-out, says National Commission of Audit


Dan Harrison The roll-out of the national disability insurance scheme should be slowed because the timetable puts its financial sustainability is at risk under the current timetable, the National Commission of...

Commission of Audit: Seniors

Elderly pensioner.

Dan Harrison Tougher eligibilty for pension including inclusion of family home in new means test

Fees for doctor visits, cost of drugs to rise as Audit Commission prescribes major health shake-up

High income earners should face heavy penalties for not taking private cover, according the Commission of Audit.

Dan Harrison High income earners would be forced to take out private health cover, compulsory fees would be introduced for visiting the doctor and insurers would be allowed to charge smokers higher premiums under...

Free health care in government's sights for cuts, Peter Dutton signals in speech

Health Minister Peter Dutton will warn of health cuts in a speech on Thursday.

Dan Harrison Australia can not afford to continue to provide free healthcare on the current scale, Health Minister Peter Dutton will tell an audience in Sydney on Thursday.

Indigenous population to grow by a third by 2026, ABS projects


Dan Harrison Australia's indigenous population is set to increase by a third, to top 900,000 by 2026, according to new projections from the Bureau of Statistics.

Experts recommend dramatic changes to cervical cancer screening

Dan Harrison Women would have their first screening for cervical cancer at 25 and would be tested only every five years under dramatic changes recommended by the Australian government's expert advisory body on...