Much of modern health care can be delivered more effectively when it is provided and coordinated in the community, at or near the patient’s home. This is what true patient-centred care is about. We are in an age where consumers demand a responsive healthcare system, are vocal about the...
This article was first published in Croakey , a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy. Has patient-focused care kept pace with the profound advances we see in medical treatment? Medical science now knows more about our bodies than ever – from...
CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives who have NOT previously applied to join clinical committees which are reviewing Medicare benefits. Interested consumer representatives need to apply by midnight AEST on Sunday 6 May 2018 . Medicare is Australia’s universal health...
This article was first published in John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations blog. The anguish expressed by many of the 1,200 respondents to the Consumers Health Forum’s Out of Pocket Pain survey highlights the widening gulf between the cost of modern medical care and the struggle of many Australians...
While in the real world consumers struggle to meet private health care costs, health funds are hoping for yet more government help.
Australia is finally giving serious attention to a vital and long-awaited development of the health system --- the secure use for research and development of the vast fields of information detailing our medical experience made possible by electronic health records. This “secondary use of My Health...
Leanne Wells speaking to CEDA
Patient-centred care is at the heart of CHF’s policy agenda. We’re the nation’s peak body for health care consumers and those with an interest in healthcare consumer affairs, so it’s no surprise we want a system designed and organised around the people it serves. No other interest should be more important than this. But why is it that we even have to put the question about whether or not patient-centred care is a pillar of Australia’s health care system?
Medical costs are a great worry to retirees, especially those facing failing health. CEO Leanne Wells looks at the reality of health spending in retirement and whether there is cause for concern.
The success of modern medicine is popularly seen in terms of hospitals and life-saving surgery. That focus obscures the potential of a different response to much of the ill health in contemporary society. It’s patient-centred integrated health care. In a refreshing acknowledgement, the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has strongly supported the value this model offers to the health system and the economy. The patient-centred approach sounds straightforward, even prosaic, hardly the heroic life-saving surgery we associate with hospitals, yet the need for integrated care grows each year, along with the burgeoning levels of expenditure directed to our hospitals.
private health insurance. For health fund members baffled about the real impact of the Government’s private insurance reform plan, there was one indicator immediately available.

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