- There is a growing number of West Australians planning to downgrade or cancel their private health insurance, due to rising premiums and constrained household budgets. This year, insurers put their premiums up by 4.84 per cent on average — less than in recent years, but well above the rate of inflation.
- A survey of more than 10,000 Australian women found 40% have been professionally diagnosed with depression or anxiety. The survey director, Dr. Helen Brown, said the findings raised particular concern about the mental health of young women.
- Robotic drug dispensing and delivery at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is expected to save time and reduce dangerous mistakes. The new technology will track drug use, recording where all medicines have been distributed and to whom they have been dispensed.
News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 29th of August 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health New
There is a growing number of West Australians planning to downgrade or cancel their private health insurance, due to rising premiums and limited household budgets.This year, insurers put their premiums up by four point eighty four percent on average — less than in recent years, but well above the rate of inflation. Western Australia has the highest rate of private health insurance in the country, with sixty nine point seven percent of the population holding some form of cover at June thirty. On hospital cover, WA is second to the Australian Capital Territory, with fifty five point seven percent of residents covered, far above the national rate of forty six point one percent.
However, Western Australia has fewer services with no gap payment than other states, and more services with a known gap payment. That is somewhat mitigated by WA having the third smallest average gap payment — one hundred ten point thirty seven dollars at the end of June — meaning consumers’ out-of-pocket expenses are generally lower than in NSW, Queensland and Tasmania. But while WA leads the nation on membership rates, the proportion of West Australians with health insurance has been declining steadily since September two thousand fifteen. WA’s largest private health insurer HBF said that was a “major concern” for the group, which had just over one million members in June last year.
A survey of more than ten thousand Australian women found forty percent have been professionally diagnosed with depression or anxiety. The Jean Hailes Women’s Health survey two thousand seventeen released on Sunday, also found sixty percent did not meet the recommended two point five hours of weekly physical activity because for many they were “too tired” or it was too “hard” to find the time. Two out of five women surveyed, aged eighteen to eighty nine, considered themselves slightly overweight, while twenty percent said they were quite overweight. Only a quarter had been screened for sexually transmitted infections in the last five years. The survey found ninety five percent of women were non-smokers. The survey director, Doctor Helen Brown, said the findings raised particular concern about the mental health of young women.
The survey asked women what had bothered them in the past two weeks and nearly half agreed to “worrying too much about different things”. More than forty percent reported feeling anxious, nervous and “on the edge”, while many agreed to feeling easily annoyed or irritated on a regular basis. Adding to a woman’s anxiety was an overload of health information available to them online, the survey concluded.
The survey found women were most concerned about menopause, bone health, breast and bowel health, and painful sex.The advice for women was to go back to the “basics”. “Behaviour change is extremely complicated, we live in a very complex environment but it’s still trying to remember the basics of eating well, exercising well or being active,” said Brown.
Robotic drug dispensing and delivery at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is expected to save time and reduce dangerous mistakes. Inspecting the equipment on Sunday, Health Minister Jack Snelling said cutting-edge robotics minimised manual processes. He said that there’s less chance of human error. Almost twenty two percent of health safety incidents reported last year by South Australia Health were medication-related. Significant errors included administering the wrong dose, wrong frequency, wrong drug, omission of a dose, failure to prescribe and failure to keep a record, although none resulted in a patient death.
Anna McClure, Central Adelaide Local Health Network associate director of pharmacy services, said the new technology should improve patient care. She said that pharmacy automation systems are a safe, effective and efficient way to improve the speed and accuracy of treating hospital patients with medicines, while improving security and accountability. The robotic system, which was revealed by the Sunday Mail last week, will unpack, store and dispense drugs and automated dispensing cabinets will hold the medication in clinical areas.The technology will track drug use, recording where all medicines have been distributed and to whom they have been dispensed.