Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Acting PM pays tribute to Sharon

Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss.

Dan Harrison Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss pays tribute to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as controversial but courageous leader.

Private insurance for GPs would 'pose risk to Medicare'

Peter Dutton.

Dan Harrison The cost of seeing a doctor would soar if private health insurers were allowed to cover GP fees, a health economist has warned.

Ending private health insurance rebate tipped to save $3b a year

Doctor.

Dan Harrison Abolishing the private health insurance rebate could save the budget $3 billion a year, dwarfing the savings that would be generated by introducing a $6 fee for GP visits, according to a prominent...

Abolishing health insurance rebate would save $3b: analysis

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Dan Harrison Abolishing the private health insurance rebate could save the budget $3 billion a year, dwarfing the savings that would be generated by introducing a $6 fee for GP visits, according to a think tank.

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Under fire Senator Cory Bernardi finally finds supporter in John Madigan

Cory Bernardi.

Dan Harrison Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan has come to the defence of embattled Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, saying he admires the South Australian for taking a stand on his beliefs.

Liberal senator Cory Bernardi under more fire from within party

Liberal Senator Sue Boyce.

Dan Harrison Senator Sue Boyce has become the latest Liberal to criticise colleague Cory Bernardi, accusing him of lacking compassion and ''genuine Christianity'' after his comments on ''non-traditional''...

MP Warren Entsch critical of fellow Liberal Cory Bernardi's views

Cory Bernardi

Dan Harrison Liberal MP Warren Entsch has launched an extraordinary attack on Cory Bernardi, saying he is worried by his colleague's ''obsession'' with gay people.

Liberal MP Warren Entsch attacks Cory Bernardi on 'gay obsession'

Warren Entsch.

Dan Harrison Liberal MP Warren Entsch has launched an extraordinary attack on Cory Bernardi, saying he is worried by his colleague's ''obsession'' with gay people.

Kay Patterson: Public needs education to stop blow-out in healthcare

Kay Patterson

Dan Harrison Former Liberal health minister Kay Patterson says people must be educated about the cost of health services they use, warning the government faces tough choices as the health budget comes under...

Tony Abbott keeps distance from Cory Bernardi abortion comments

Cory Bernardi

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has once again distanced himself from Liberal senator Cory Bernardi after the backbencher called for a new debate on abortion, railed against ''non-traditional'' families...

Senator Cory Bernardi's call for new abortion debate sidestepped by PM

Cory Bernardi

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has once again distanced himself from Liberal senator Cory Bernardi after the backbencher called for a new debate on abortion, railed against ''non-traditional'' families...

Cory Bernardi calls for debate on abortion in controversial new book

Under fire: Liberal senator Cory Bernardi.

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved to distance himself from Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi after the backbencher called for a new debate on abortion, railed against "non-traditional" families and...

Health minister Peter Dutton says Medicare spending unsustainable

Peter Dutton

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has predicted an overhaul of Medicare, saying spiralling costs will make the system ''unmanageable'' without change.

Medicare unsustainable without overhaul says Peter Dutton

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Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has flagged an overhaul of Medicare, warning soaring costs will make the system ''unmanageable'' without change.

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Greens push for bans on liquor advertising

Richard Di Natale

Dan Harrison The Greens will push for a ban on the promotion of alcohol in sport, arguing that it provides a loophole for the alcohol industry to target children.

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LNP candidate for Griffith Bill Glasson backs $6 GP fee

Dr Bill Glasson.

Dan Harrison Doctor who wants to take Kevin Rudd's old seat for the Coalition says proposal for patients to pay a $6 fee to see a GP is worth considering.

Doctor chosen to replace Kevin Rudd in Griffith may support end to bulk-billing

Bill Glasson

Dan Harrison Bill Glasson, the doctor who wants to take Kevin Rudd's old seat for the Coalition, has said a proposal to end bulk-billing for visits to the GP, with patients to pay a $6 fee, is worth considering.

Medicare dental scheme: millions of children to benefit

Teeth.

Dan Harrison More than 3 million children will be eligible for Medicare-funded dental care under a scheme starting on Wednesday.

Medicare about to cover dental care for 3.4m children

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Dan Harrison More than 3 million children will be eligible for Medicare-funded dental care under a scheme starting on Wednesday.

Call to charge $6 fee for visits to emergency departments

Gareth Hutchens and Dan Harrison The author of the proposal to charge a $6 fee for GP visits says hospitals may have to charge a similar fee to stop patients clogging up emergency departments.