Local communities crying out for more action on mental health, not more reviews Consumers need responsive community health services which embrace mental health services designed with consumers, not more reviews. “The announcement of yet another review into how best to deliver mental health...
Medical specialists should be required to list their fees publicly to ensure patients are able to make better informed choices and avoid the ‘bill shock’ of unexpectedly high fees, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The publication today of reports showing dramatic variations in what...
The savings to the taxpayer in reducing the cost to Government of prescribed pharmaceuticals has been one of the success stories in health economics in Australia in recent years, yet experts say even more savings may be possible through changes to drug pricing policy, the Consumers Health Forum...
The AMA public hospital report card released today highlights that our hospitals and broader health system are facing a funding crisis, says the chief executive officer of the Consumer’s Health Forum, Leanne Wells. “It is vitally important that the Australian community has a public hospital system...
It’s time to end the marketing practices that can mislead people about the health benefits of many complementary medicine products and require complementary medicines to show whether or not they have proven efficacy, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Four Corners program last night conveyed the...
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The latest rise in health insurance premiums makes it more important than ever that people check they are paying for the right cover, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Now that a typical family policy can cost more than $4,000 a year, we owe it to ourselves to ensure we have the cost-effective...
The latest above-inflation rise in health insurance underlines the need for more effective and longer term reforms to deliver better value for people who have private health insurance, the Consumer Health Forum says. “While we welcome the modest decline in this year’s rise compared to previous...
The Prime Minister’s promise of a new focus on preventive health marks a welcome development after some years of federal inactivity in this area, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “While Mr Turnbull only hinted at a “new focus” on preventive health, we hope it will involve significant measures...
Congratulations and welcome to Minister Hunt The Consumers Health Forum today welcomed the appointment of the Hon. Greg Hunt MP to the position of Minister for Health. “The Health portfolio is currently in the midst of a wide range of changes and reforms, and we look forward to engaging with the...
Proposed reforms of private health insurance must ensure that consumers and taxpayers get a better deal from the $6 billion rebate on health fund policies, the Consumers Health Forum says. It is reported that the Government could consider changes to the rebate to benefit health fund members in...

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