The Australian health care system, like that of many Western countries, has been the site of pitched political battles throughout the 20th century. Time after time, conflict has raged between the major political parties and between governments and a range of vested interests including the medical profession, hospital boards, private insurance agencies and private hospitals. Consumers of health care have not been an organised force and their input into policy development has been negligible.
Recommended CitationGray, Gwen and Wark, McKenzie, Reviews: 1. Galloping Consumption 2. The WPO Bytes Back, Australian Left Review, 1(126), 1991, 42-45.