Consumers would win an important place in future negotiations about government payments to pharmacy owners and the services they provide under an option proposed in the interim report of the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation. “The recognition of the importance of consumer interests in...
The Consumers Health Forum supports the call for the enforcement of Medicare principles to ensure private patients in public hospitals do not receive preferential treatment ahead of public patients. “We back the recommendation in a new report by Catholic Health Australia, that the only driver for...
Moves to tighten Medicare payments for “urgent” after hours services should ensure that any new measures do not reduce services for people with valid need for care, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The report by the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review acknowledges that after-hours GP services are...
A new report showing dramatic differences in treatment rates around Australia signals a pressing need for reforms to ensure equitable access to appropriate health care for all Australians, the Consumers Health Forum, says. “A seven-fold difference in hospitalisation for heart failure and a 15-fold...
The appointment of a second consumers representative to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee recognises the value of the consumer perspective in vital decisions about access to medicines, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “We are delighted that Bel Harper has been appointed to the...
Australia’s health system is turning into an increasingly inequitable mix of high health fund profits while public patients wait longer for care in public hospitals. “New figures have delivered a double whammy for patients. Public patients are waiting much longer for elective surgery than privately...
The staged removal of the Medicare freeze should reduce pressure on Australia’s high out of pocket health costs but Australia still needs longer term reform to future proof our health system. Overall this health budget is a commendable attempt to rebalance priorities while seeking to establish a platform that provides hope for a future more effective health system that is both responsive to consumer needs but also delivers best bang for the buck.
The report on the evaluation of the opt-out trials for My Health Record showed that the approach would help ensure the full health benefits of a shared electronic health record could be realised the Consumers Health Forum says “CHF has been calling for an opt-out system backed by strong community...
A new expert report urging a makeover of Australia’s primary health care development makes a robust case for immediate action, the Consumers Health Forum says. The Grattan Institute’s report, Building better foundations for primary care , recommends the Commonwealth build on its Health Care Homes...
Patient Experience Week coming two weeks before the Federal Budget provides a timely opportunity for voters to consider how the Government could best use precious health dollars to better the health experience for all Australians, the Consumers Health Forum says. “CHF’s submission to the Federal...

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