Another grim week leaves private health insurance on life support

‘Private health insurance is seen by virtually all as being too expensive, too complicated and not offering value for money,’ says Linc Thurecht from the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP In April this year, the health minister, Greg Hunt, introduced reforms the government said would make private health insurance easier to understand and more affordable. The changes, described by the federal government as the most significant reforms to the private health insurance system in a decade, included classifying the some 70,000 private health insurance policies available into gold,…

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LA’s ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer sentenced to death

A former rubbish collector convicted of the “Grim Sleeper” serial murders in Los Angeles has been given the death sentence. Lonnie David Franklin Jr killed nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007, before dumping their bodies, often in alleyways. The sentence against the 63-year-old was decided by a jury. Franklin was convicted last month. He will be formally sentenced at a later hearing. Prosecutors said Franklin stalked vulnerable young black women before shooting or strangling them. He began by targeting drug addicts during LA’s crack cocaine epidemic.…

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