Mark Metherell covers health, ageing and disabilities for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He is based in Canberra.
Mark Metherell Amid the gloom surrounding Australia's struggle to sell its manufactures overseas, who can name our top manufactured exports?
Mark Metherell LOW income adults can look forward to a $4 billion expansion in public dental services beginning in mid-2014, but will lose a more lavish scheme focused on the chronically ill from the end of this...
Mark Metherell The federal government will pour $4 billion into a dental package to provide more than 3 million children and millions of adults on low incomes or in rural areas access to government-subsidised...
Mark Metherell The influential American Academy of Paediatrics has shifted its stance on circumcision.
Mark Metherell Circumcision of newborn boys, the procedure that has polarised Western medical opinion, has been given the tick by the influential American Academy of Paediatrics.
Mark Metherell A BOOM in health insurance premiums has delivered a surprise lift for health funds but at a cost of hundreds of millions dollars to the federal government.
Mark Metherell Australians have flocked to sign up for health insurance, contradicting expectations that the new means test would trigger an exodus from health funds.
Madeleine Heffernan, Mark Hawthorne and Mark Metherell Australia's push to bring in the world's toughest tobacco packaging laws has won the backing of the High Court - but some of the nation's leading healthcare executives have called on Canberra to take...
Mark Metherell THE Gillard government's plain pack tobacco triumph has prompted warnings that the measure will intensify price competition and result in cheaper cigarettes.
Mark Metherell The federal government has secured a big win over big tobacco with the High Court ruling Labor’s world-first plain packaging laws are constitutionally valid.
Mark Metherell IN THE face of fierce opposition to plain-pack cigarettes from some American politicians, Australia's Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek, has found high-profile allies.
Mark Metherell Cost of medicines would plummet under generic drug proposalsput to the government.
Richard Willingham, Mark Metherell CONTROVERSIAL foreign investment in Australian farming land is here to stay and is vitally important for the agriculture sector to exploit surging demand from Asia, the federal government says.
Mark Metherell Federal government to slash funding growth of nursing home care in bid to stabilise surging costs.
Mark Metherell THE good news about ageing is that we are less likely to have our dotage spoiled by ill health. The bad news? Keeping healthy is personally costing us more.
Mark Metherell Australians' health has improved overall as deaths rates from heart attacks and some cancers have fallen.
Mark Metherell MANY ageing Australians will spend a third of their life in retirement, with their biggest worry being their dwindling nest egg. Their champion, Susan Ryan, says it need not be that way.
Mark Metherell The new funding system will hand higher payments to hospitals for treating patients they have harmed, says health economist.
Mark Metherell THE government's health fund, Medibank Private, is offering members an extended pre-payment plan to beat the new means test, saving their members millions of dollars otherwise payable to the taxman.
Mark Metherell Students will this week start receiving latest handout to defray the cost of the carbon tax, which starts next month.