By Fred Argy
Addressing the difficulty of Australia's waning egalitarianism, this e-book clarifies the underlying cultural, ethical, and philosophical forces accountable for the altering face of egalitarianism and descriptions an formidable yet economically and politically potential social reform time table for the long run. mentioned are concerns corresponding to why Australian egalitarianism is less than danger; if it is correct guilty economists or even if cultural, social, and political forces are extra very important; the results of much less egalitarian regulations at the total health of standard Australians; and the choices for the long run.
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Extra resources for Where to from Here?: Australian Egalitarianism Under Threat
2002). In brief, our heath system is not responding adequately to the unmet needs of those who are both relatively poor and sick. The health resources provided by the Government are not only too limited but are not always well targeted. Many well-off users of public health services (such as the provision of drugs and hospital care) are being charged at very low-cost recovery rates, which is encouraging wasteful consumption and using up public resources that could be used to improve services to the needy.
The change in policy focus from investment in public housing to rental assistance (which began in the early 1990s) may have given households greater choice but it has also created new and difficult social housing problems. As with education and health, this illustrates yet again that free markets for public services do not always work as effectively or efficiently as some economists believe (in part because of the high costs of collecting and evaluating information). Other public services While education, health and housing are key ingredients in long-term inequality, there are many other public services of critical importance to the poor.
It is worth noting that in absolute terms, well-off households receive two to four times more benefit from government spending on education than low-income households, although the latter do better as a percentage of income (Saunders 2002, p. 131). ‘Governments spend too much on people who are predestined for educational success and too little on people who are prone to education failure’ (Economist 21 Nov. 1992 supplement). This topic is revisited in Chapter 7. Health Australia’s health system offers basic medical care for everyone and is in many respects a model for the world.