The Consumers Health Forum has met Health Minister, Susan Ley, today and welcomed her receptive response to our call for consumer-led health solutions. “Minister Ley’s plans for trials of Health Care Homes are a promising start. We would like to see the Government turbo-charge this development so that all patients can access consumer-centred community-based health care teams across Australia,” the CEO of Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said.
The dozens of “hotspots” of avoidable ill health in Australia identified in a new report highlight the need for effective local health services, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The Grattan Institute’s report shows that Australia’s health services too often fail to match the promise of what...
The Consumers Health Forum congratulates Catherine King on her re-appointment as Shadow Health Minister. “Catherine King played an important role in the election campaign to protect Medicare and oppose the continued freeze on Medicare payments to doctors,” the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum,...
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia congratulates the Coalition Government on its re-election and welcomes the re-appointment of Sussan Ley as Minister for Health. “We are encouraged by Prime Minister Turnbull’s commitment to Medicare. But we urge the Government not to shy away from the reasonable reforms needed to ensure Australia’s universal health system is sustainable in the 21st century,” the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells said.
Today’s suggestion by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) that the Coalition’s abandoned general practice (GP) co-payments policy might be resurrected has been strongly condemned by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF), National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS).
CHF 2016 Election Scorecard
The Consumers Health Forum scorecard on how party health policies rate against specific measures in our Election Platform shows that all major parties have some way to go to fulfill the reasonable expectations consumers have for the health system. The scorecard assessed party pledges from the...
The Coalition’s promised injection of $192 million in to expanded mental health services is a timely step toward what should be a more versatile response to the widespread challenge of mental illness, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The funding gives the new Primary Health Networks...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes in principle Labor’s plan to remove the health insurance rebate from “junk” policies but urges caution in implementing such a measure. “We have called for the Government in its review of private health insurance to use the health insurance rebate to stimulate...
Labor’s preventive health policy is a welcome step forward for Australia, providing a plan for national action to combat the chronic disease epidemic, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “It is well past time that we as a nation took concerted action to turn around the unhealthy way of life that...
The allegations made by the ACCC against Medibank Private highlight the urgent need for reforms to make health insurance simpler, transparent and more certain for consumers. “These allegations follow widespread reports and complaints about the failure of Australia’s biggest health fund to alert...

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