Response to Podger's model health system for Australia (Part 1 and Part 2 articles)

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In this response to Podger's proposed model health system for Australia, I take the role of analyst of his two special feature articles on 'A model health system for Australia', the second part of which is in this issue of Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management. My intention is not to be indifferent, but rather to meet Podger's model head-on, and debate, albeit briefly, its merits, strengths and weaknesses - and the possibilities for success. Although my training is in psychology and management, and my professional field is organisational behaviour, I have borrowed a scalpel from a surgical colleague with which I shall try to expose Podger's arguments, test them against their own logic and explore their feasibility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-21
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Health Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • health policy
  • systems reform
  • new models
  • logic of reform
  • evidence-based policy


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