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Targeted texts and peer support: how smarter health care can cut costs and help Australians with chronic conditions – The Conversation AU

There are many initiatives around Australia designed to keep people with chronic conditions out of hospital. But to take these further, the health system needs…



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Australia has a health problem. Our health system works well for acute conditions that require short-term treatment such as fractures, pneumonia and appendicitis.
But almost 40% of us have at least one long-term (chronic) physical health condition, such as diabetes, arthritis, a respiratory condition, or kidney disease.
Chronic health conditions need to be managed over time. However, this can be difficult in a health system where payments to health professionals are built around patient activity,…

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