The announcement of cuts to the costs of some medical devices is a welcome first step towards containing costs of private health insurance says the Consumers Health Forum. “Consumers consistently tell us that they think that private health insurance as it currently operates is poor value, with high...
The announcement today of the development of a new digital payments system for health and aged care payments is welcome news for consumers says Consumer Health Forum of Australia. “The Government has moved to encourage consumers to interact with it digitally for payments, enquiries and information...
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Reports that the Australian Bureau of Statistics is considering cutting its Patient Experience Survey should be of concern to everybody who wants health policy based on evidence rather than anecdote say Consumers Health Forum and Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA). The annual...
A new report revealing the high heart disease risk which many Australian women don’t realise they face highlights the need for community awareness to counter potential triggers like obesity, the Consumers Health Forum says. The Hidden Hearts report released by the Mary MacKillop Institute for...
The impact of the extended Medicare freeze is adding to uncertainty about the feasibility of the Government’s Health Care Homes (HCH) plan, the Consumers Health Forum says. “We have strongly welcomed the Government’s announcement of a “revolution” in primary care enabled by Health Care Homes...
The Consumers Health Forum has called for major reforms to the regulation and funding of pharmacies to foster a better deal for consumers, optimise the use of pharmacists’ skills and the place of the pharmacy workforce and community pharmacy in the health system. In its submission to the Review of...
The Federal Government’s plans to fast track the approval of new drugs will mean medications may come on to the Australian market sooner but they will remain out of reach for most people until and unless they are subsidised, the Consumers Health Forum says. The Government’s response to the review...
The following is a media release from the National Oral Health Alliance , of which we are a member organisation. The National Oral Health Alliance (NOHA) is very pleased to note the announcement today by Catherine King MP that the Australian Labor Party has been able to negotiate withdrawal of the...
Private health insurance needs deep reform if it is to provide affordable and appropriate cover for ordinary Australians and the inquiry announced today signals a positive step towards necessary change, the Consumers Health Forum says. “We have waited a long time for a thorough rethink of health...
The Medicare Review interim report underlines the need for reform of Medicare and for there to be strong input from consumers as well as health professionals, the Consumer Health Forum says. “This review is the most important, wide-ranging examination of Medicare since its establishment 32 years...

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