A NEW suite of ‘McSchools’ where kids learn about all aspects of the fast food industry, could be established under the Abbott government’s new $500,000 corporate schools trial.
Inspired by the hi-tech IBM school in New York, Prime Minister Tony Abbott this month announced the Federal Government would provide half a million dollars for corporate-sponsored Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) in Australia, with the first to be established in the Victorian town of Geelong.
A spokeswoman for McDonalds told News Corp the high-profile fast food chain is yet to hold discussions with the Federal Government about the P-TECH proposal, but said the organisation was reviewing the announcement and conceded it was “a possibility” McDonalds would want to participate in the pilot.
The Federal Government has not ruled out allowing fast food companies to take part in its corporate schools trial, and the country’s most senior Education bureaucrat has told a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra that some fast food companies have a proven track record of delivering education programs.
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EXCLUSIVE: Private health insurers are set to be handed control of every Australian’s general practitioner treatment under a US-style healthcare revolution.
Every visit to a general practitioner will be coordinated by private health insurers who want to manage how your doctor treats you if they win the tender to run a new primary care network. The health care revolution follows the Abbott Government’s controversial decision to give private insurers the right to tender to run its new Primary Health Networks that will replace Medicare Locals. These new bodies will effectively co-ordinate the care every patient (not just health fund members) receives from their GP, provide links with hospitals and assess and improve patient health outcomes.
Health Minister Peter Dutton has publicly made a case for greater involvement of private Insurers in GP care without outlining how this would occur. His spokesman has told News Corp Australia the first step will be allowing health funds to, along with other interested providers, get the opportunity to tender to run PHN’s. “They will be able to put in a tender,” he said.
One of Australia’s leading health funds, BUPA has already expressed an interest. “We are keen to play a role in better integrating care and care outcomes and are looking for opportunities in that space,” a spokeswoman for BUPA said.