Dan Harrison is Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He is based in Canberra.
Dan Harrison It's a brave government that picks a fight with doctors.
Dan Harrison Currently, Medicare pays a rebate of $37.05 for most consultations of up to 10 minutes. From Monday, the rebate for those consultations will be cut to $16.95.
Dan Harrison The number of high-priced drugs being subsidised by the Commonwealth has increased as pharmaceutical companies produce more targeted therapies.
Dan Harrison The Commonwealth faces pressure to subsidise a new drug that has been hailed as a miracle cure for hepatitis C but carries a billion-dollar price tag.
Last-minute Medicare change evidence of Abbott government bungling, says Australian Medical Association
Dan Harrison The Australian Medical Association predicts many doctors will be caught out by a change quietly made by the Abbott government two days before Christmas which will cut the Medicare rebates which apply...
Dan Harrison The Queensland town of Maryborough will become the centre of national power this week, while National Party leader Warren Truss acts as prime minister and Tony Abbott enjoys a week off.
Dan Harrison The federal Health Department is paying for unproven therapies to help its employees to quit smoking.
Dan Harrison Consumer advocates say patients could be placed at risk if Australia adopts proposals to rely more heavily on foreign regulators to determine the safety of drugs and medical devices.
Dan Harrison The first patients have been successfully discharged from an Australian-run Ebola treatment facility in Sierra Leone.
Dan Harrison Health groups have rejected a call for the GST to be applied to fresh food, warning such a change would worsen already alarming rates of obesity and chronic disease.
Dan Harrison GP of 20 years Charlotte Hespe fears for the future of her profession. "Under these incentives, what junior doctor would want to come and work in primary care?" she asks.
Dan Harrison The Australian Medical Association has likened the Abbott Government's Medicare changes to a "wrecking ball," vowing to do everything in its power to halt what it says is "an attack on small business.
Dan Harrison The practice of seclusion – locking up mentally ill patients – is continuing to decline, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Matthew Knott, Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland Student debts are expected to double to over $50 billion in four years if the federal government achieves its goal of deregulating university fees and expanding federal funding.
Dan Harrison The cost of seeing a doctor is almost certainly going to rise. How did we reach this point and what is the change going to be? Dan Harrison explains
Don't aim too low on constitutional recognition of indigenous peoples, Kirstie Parker, of NCAFP, tells Tony Abbott
Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott's commitment to constitutional recognition has pleased one of indigenous Australia's leaders, but she fears he is "aiming too low".
Dan Harrison Many medical practices will shift from bulk-billing to charging patients the full cost of their visit up front in response to the Abbott Government's proposed GP co-payment, doctors have predicted.
Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised any taxpayer-funded advertising campaign to promote his new GP co-payment plan will be "fair" and "frugal.
Dan Harrison The promise of each generation enjoying higher living standards than its parents is at risk in Australia, partly due to ballooning spending on older people funded by deficit budgets, according to a...
Mark Kenny and Dan Harrison Tony Abbott has abandoned his on-again/off-again $7 GP co-payment, acknowledging he cannot get the unpopular policy up and that it was causing major political pain to his government.