Dan Harrison is Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He is based in Canberra.
Dan Harrison The Prime Minister is ''deeply concerned'' about Australian journalist Peter Greste, now jailed in Egypt, and the government has made representations for his release, a spokesman said, as images of...
Dan Harrison Current rules on alcohol advertising are failing to protect children and must be tightened, according to the government agency charged with preventing disease.
Kate Hagan and Dan Harrison A minimum $6 fee to see a GP would lead more patients to seek treatment in overcrowded emergency departments including those with conditions that had deteriorated because of deferred care, doctors...
Dan Harrison Federal Labor's rush to launch the National Disability Insurance Scheme before last year's election contributed to it underestimating the cost of trials by almost $400 million, the Coalition says.
Dan Harrison One of the architects of Medicare has called for an increase in the Medicare levy, warning Australians will not accept any change that restricts access to healthcare to those who can pay for it.
Dan Harrison Head of the agency charged with advising the government on private health insurance premium rises says the industry is in 'pretty good nick', despite Abbott government recently signing off on the...
Dan Harrison Government health spending per head rises 37 per cent a year, new figures show.
Dan Harrison, Jonathan Swan Health Minister Peter Dutton says new figures showing an escalation in health spending demonstrate why the government must cut ''waste'' in health.
Dan Harrison Alcohol industry representatives have rejected the medical profession's call for a national summit to tackle an ''epidemic'' of booze-related harm.
Dan Harrison Doctors have expressed concern that proposals to allow private insurers to pay for GP visits might encourage people to change doctors, undermining continuity of care.
Dan Harrison The cost of seeing a doctor would soar if private health insurers were allowed to cover GPs' fees, a health economist has warned.
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...
Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has predicted an overhaul of Medicare, saying spiralling costs will make the system ''unmanageable'' without change.
Dan Harrison More than 3 million children will be eligible for Medicare-funded dental care under a scheme starting on Wednesday.
Dan Harrison, Gareth Hutchens Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has stopped holding weekly news conferences on asylum seeker boat arrivals, instead issuing a written statement with no opportunity for journalists to ask...
Dan Harrison The marriage of Canberra couple Narell Majic and Ash Watson was so fresh they had not even received their wedding rings, which were not ready in time for the ceremony on Tuesday.
Dan Harrison A baby born on Wednesday in Hunters Hill can expect to live two years longer than one born in Bankstown, according to data to be released on Thursday.
Dan Harrison One of the nation's oldest health organisations has been placed in voluntary administration after its funding was cut by the government.
Josephine Tovey, Dan Harrison The NSW government has warned the Commonwealth it will not support any dismantling of the Gonski school funding model.
Survey shows millions of Australians are putting off visits to the doctor or dentist because of the cost
Dan Harrison Millions of Australians put off seeing the doctor or dentist last year because of cost, new figures show.