The Rudd Labor Governbment is trumpeting its recent healthfare initiatives as the greatest reform of the medical system since the beginning of Medicare in 1975.
That's bunkum. What's been delivered is Medicare 1975, version 35. All that's happened is the medical industry has gained another $10B in protection and more ambulances are being sent round to the bottom of the cliff.
The second great health reform challenge is to work out how to look after those who can't look after themselves and at the same time stop those who can look after themselves but don't from jumping on the gravy train.
A week or so ago I said that the Commonwealth Government is spending nearly 20% of its budget on healthfare. The states are spending close to 25%. Most of the money is being spent on people who are quite capable of looking after themselves and paying for their own medical treatment.
Hospitals are full to over flowing by people in just plain bad shape and people who can afford to insure themselves against a medical emergency.
Until the Governments of Australia work out how to deal with that there is no such thing as health reform.
On the track
Out with the boys in the freezing cold. Didn't have the energy to raise more than a walk this morning. Do you know I can't keep up with them walking. I can run faster, but can't keep up while walking. I just let them get ahead and then take a short cut. I'm on my own - but it's good thinking time.
In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and keep yourself in good nick.