The Consumers Health Forum welcomes Labor’s pledge not to proceed with a planned rise of up to $5 in the charge for prescribed medicines. “Australians face heavy co-payments for health care as it is and increases of between 80c and $5 extra depending on concession status would hit those with...
The Consumers Health Forum calls on the Federal Government and the Opposition to lift the freeze on Medicare payments, to undertake a wide-ranging review of health costs and give new Health Care Home models of care the maximum chance of success. The Federal Government’s deal with pathologists at...
Crunch time for thousands of young people comes the day before polling day. That’s the annual deadline to sign up for health insurance and it comes as private cover is beset by frustration and confusion, the Consumers Health Forum says. Australians who have turned or are about to turn 31 must take...
The Consumers Health Forum supports Labor’s call to make the election a referendum on Medicare as long as it means asking voters if they want universal access to quality health care preserved. If the future of Medicare is to be protected, a central objective should be to ensure the development of...
Consumers face a range of increased out of pocket costs for frontline doctor care and medicines if measures in this and previous budgets pass a future Senate, the Consumers Health Forum says. Tonight’s Budget will extract another $925 million by freezing Medicare rebates over the next three years,...
A landmark study of the fragmented primary health care system comes at a pivotal time for millions of chronically ill Australians, the Consumers Health Forum says. “We welcome this national survey to assess consumer experience of coordination of health care announced today by the National Health...
Australia’s healthcare system needs to be more transparent and accessible to put consumers at the centre of health decision making, according to a new report. A roundtable of over 35 health experts hosted by The George Institute for Global Health and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF)...
Australians living with chronic and complex illness face a better future under the Federal Government’s reform plan, provided this promising first step is backed by much more funding. “The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the statement by the Prime Minister today for the initial trials of new...
Health consumers have shown overwhelmingly that they want a health insurance system they can understand, value and trust, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The MyCover plan for simpler, easily comparable health fund policies proposed by the Consumers Health Forum has drawn 94 per cent support in a...
The finding that 61 tests and treatments common in Australia may be unnecessary or even harmful highlights the need for health consumers to feel confident in asking their health practitioners about their care, says the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. “Health care needs to be a partnership...

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