The internet has been abuzz about the latest coronavirus scare, with online pollsters offering people the chance to vote on who they trust to handle NHS finances.
The results of the poll, conducted by online consulting firm Ipsos MORI, revealed a wide range of opinions about the future of the NHS, with a majority of Australians believing the government should stay in charge of running the health system.
The online poll also showed a significant minority of Australians believe the government would do a better job than the private sector, and that there is a significant gap between the two.
In a blog post, Ipsos’ chief executive Dr Matthew Henson said: “The latest coronavetas scare has brought us to the point where it’s clear to us that Australians have been very sceptical about the government, particularly the private system.”
Dr Henson pointed out that while a majority were confident that the public system could be run smoothly, the survey found that a substantial minority of respondents believed the private market could manage the NHS better.
“A key challenge facing the private healthcare sector in the future will be ensuring that their policies are tailored to the unique needs of their patients,” Dr Henson wrote.
A majority of respondents said they were worried about the potential impact of the coronaviruses on the health sector.
However, the poll also revealed a significant number of Australians believed the government was doing a better work, with 55 per cent saying the government had done a better overall job than private providers, while 41 per cent said the government has done a worse job.
Dr Peter Dunne, the head of the Public Health Institute of Australia, told ABC Radio Melbourne the findings were very concerning.
He said the health service was not a one-man job and the public sector had to work closely with the private health sector, which he said was a “very, very good thing”.
“There’s a lot of trust that we have in the private hospital sector,” Dr Dunne said.
‘No doubt that the government is doing better than the public health system’Dr Dunne also pointed out there was no doubt that in the last year the public and private sector have done a good job in managing the coronavets pandemic.
“[The poll] is not really a poll of what Australians think about the private-sector, the private and the state-owned sectors, but it’s more a question of how Australians feel about the public-sector system,” he said.
But Dr Dunnes said he did not believe that the health care system had become more efficient over the past year, and he said the public could benefit from a better public health service. “
What it means is that the vast majority of people are very confident that there are a number of very good, competent and effective public-private partnerships that are currently being negotiated, and they’re very, very confident of what will happen with those partnerships in the years ahead.”
But Dr Dunnes said he did not believe that the health care system had become more efficient over the past year, and he said the public could benefit from a better public health service.
I think we are not, and there are lots of ways to improve our public health and we’re working on them.” “
I don’t think the public have any illusions that we are a good public health delivery system.
I think we are not, and there are lots of ways to improve our public health and we’re working on them.”
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