Professor Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute in Melbourne. He has held senior healthcare leadership positions in Australia and Canada, with a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas as diverse as hospital funding (introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals) and quality (new systems of measurement and accountability for safety of hospital care).
Professor Duckett is an economist with a Masters and PhD in Health Administration from the University of New South Wales and a higher doctorate, the DSc, awarded on the basis of his scholarly contributions, from the Faculty of Medicine of the same University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Commentaries by Dr. Stephen Duckett:
What Canada can learn from Australia on health care
Private delivery of healthcare can work in a publicly funded system but comes with risks // La prestation de soins de santé privés est possible dans un système financé par l’État, mais comporte certains risques
Posters of Dr. Stephen Duckett:
“Transparency won’t solve all the issues of private sector contracting in healthcare, but without it, the risks for Canadians will almost certainly outweigh the benefits.”
“The response to privatization of health delivery should not be a knee-jerk one, that this is a no-go area for Canada. Rather, public purchasers should be held to account for the nature of the contracts they sign and should not be able to hide behind confidentiality clauses. They should disclose the prices being paid for services and demonstrate that they have negotiated a good deal for the public taxpayer.”