The lowest average rise in health insurance premiums in nearly 20 years is welcome although many Australians in the current economic climate will struggle to meet the increased cost, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The 2.74 per cent average increase in premiums to take effect next April is...
The most exhaustive inquiry into the mechanics of Medicare in its 36 years makes a compelling case for extensive reforms that must be commenced now if Australians are to retain access to best available 21 st Century health care, the Consumers Health Forum said today. The Medicare Benefits Schedule...
If Australia is to meet standards of a civilised society, older people who need support should have universal access to care, the Consumers Health Forum said today. The latest report from the Grattan Institute on aged care joins a lengthening list of authoritative inquiries, highlighting the urgent...
A new report has called for a Consumer Health Leaders Academy to strengthen the role of consumers in health system decision-making. The Academy would equip consumer advocates and advisers within health consumer networks and who work with governments, government agencies and other organisations...
Australians’ experience with COVID-19 has stimulated more active consumer and community involvement in health care decision-making, the Consumer Health Forum says. Authors writing in CHF’s ejournal, Health Voices , published today report on a range of developments spurred by COVID where consumers...
The Consumers Health Forum supports the final report of the Productivity Commission on Mental Health and urges governments to implement the findings as a comprehensive package. “This report is a valuable first step in reshaping Australia’s mental health services to meet the overwhelming demand for...
The potential of a shift to cleaner and cheaper sources of renewable energy offers a watershed opportunity for Australia’s economy and health, the Consumers Health Forum said today. CHF has joined the Climate and Health Alliance in signing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to...
Australia has been given a powerful blueprint for a sweeping overhaul of aged care that must convince the Federal Government of the need for comprehensive and urgent change, the Consumers Health Forum said today. The proposed recommendations of the Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes a new report released today which sets out a national blueprint for support and development of self-care. The blueprint for reform developed by the Mitchell Institute of Victoria University calls for government leadership to spur Australians to take more interest...
The Federal Budget provides for the beginnings of a “revolution” in health care that should be a down payment for wider reforms and investment to meet 21 st century needs, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Health Minister, Greg Hunt, has described the expansion of telehealth as a ‘revolution in...

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