The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the announcement of a joint four-year agreement between the Federal Government and the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) supporting the Prostheses List. The Prostheses List (PL) sets out the benefits insurers must pay patients (if covered) and is...
The poorest and sickest Australians are those who most need healthcare, yet they are missing out due to the combined forces of variable bulk-billing rates and high out-of-pocket costs according to a report from the Grattan Institute released this week. Australia’s healthcare is designed to ensure...
The future of healthcare in Australia: designed for consumers, enabled by digital, and accessible for all 70% of Australians are willing to use virtual healthcare services, and 80% are ready to share their health data in a digitally enabled health system. These are some of the findings of a survey...
A specialised roundtable discussion with rural health consumers has resulted in recommendations to help address gaps in accessing health services in rural, regional and remote Australia.
CHF’s 2022 election platform The once in a lifetime impact of the COVID pandemic demands a life-changing response in national health policy, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Political leaders on all sides must respond to the unprecedented strains on our health system by embarking on fundamental...
Medicare is nearly 40 years old and it’s time to have a rethink of our much-valued universal health care insurance scheme? What aspects of Medicare do you think work well and what needs improving? These are two of the questions we pose in our short Australia’s Health Panel survey out today. “...
The Federal budget must step up investments in health and social wellbeing if Australia’s health system is to come out of the COVID pandemic in strong shape, the Consumers Health Forum says. In its submission on the 2022 Federal Budget , CHF has proposed a range of measures that reflect the lessons...
Rapid antigen testing kits should be universally available to all people in Australia who need them, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “We welcome plans for provision of up to 10 free tests for concession and health care card holders through community pharmacy - this is a critical and overdue...
The National Cabinet meeting tomorrow must show united leadership now and resolve on concerted action to counter the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The soaring infection figures in several states make it clear this is not the time for relaxation of...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the National Preventive Health Strategy released today which sets out a positive agenda for a future healthier Australia, backed by the aim to earmark 5 per cent of the health budget for preventive action by 2030. The strategy identifies seven focus areas for...

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