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Healthcare in Australia is in crisis - what are the solutions?
This book is my attempt to find the truth about health care in
Australia today; what decisions were made in the 1970s and 1980s that
have resulted in the system in which I work; and who made those
After the success of MAKING THE CUT, in which he described his work as
a surgeon, and THE PATIENT, in which he wrote about the life of a man
terminally ill with cancer, Mohamed Khadra moves to their natural
sequel - the topical subject of the healthcare system in Australia.
In this book, Khadra explains how our hospitals came to be stifled by
bureaucracy; whether we can and should administer universally free
health care to our population; and how best we can do that in 2010. He
also peppers the book with compelling examples of real people he has
treated - patients whose health he should have been able to improve,
but who became stuck in a system that made their lives worse.
Heath care is an incredibly emotive topic, which everyone has an
opinion on. With the release of Prime Minister Rudd's proposed reforms
at the beginning of 2010, this book is a timely reminder of how they
may or may not help resuscitate a system in crisis.
About The Author
Mohamed Khadra is a professor of Surgery at the University of
Sydney, Australia. He has had a successful and varied career as a
leader in education and medicine, internationally and in Australia. He
has a degree in Medicine, a PhD and a fellowship of the Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons. He also has a postgraduate degree in
Computing and a Masters in Education. His roles have included
Inaugural Chair of Surgery at the Australian National University,
Pro-vice Chancellor for Health, Design and Science at the University of
Canberra, Professor of Surgery and Head of the School of Rural Health
for the University of New South Wales. He has won several research
prizes, including the Noel Newton Prize for surgical research and the
Alban Gee Prize in urology. Mohamed is co-founder of the Institute of
Technology Australia, an accredited higher-education provider that
contributes to social justice by delivering accessible and affordable
degrees to students in developing countries. He is the author of MAKING
THE CUT: A SURGEON’S STORIES OF LIFE ON THE EDGE; THE PATIENT: ONE
MAN’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE AUSTRALIAN HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM; and co-author
with David Williamson of the play AT WHAT COST?
ISBN: 9781864711370 ISBN-10: 186471137X Audience:
Number Of Pages: 288 Published: 1st October 2010 Publisher: Random House Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1