Sweeping criticisms of the value of health insurance made in articles released today (Thursday 20 April) should prompt the Government to boost the scope of its private health care review, the Consumers Health Forum says. In wide-ranging articles published by the Consumers Health Forum, consumer...
The introduction of Medicare cover for online consultations with psychologists for people in rural Australia is a welcome development, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The expansion of telehealth services for country people is timely and appropriate particularly for psychological services when so...
Consumers need not panic about locking in their preferred health fund by Saturday when higher premiums take effect, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Given the widespread angst generated by the average 4.8 per cent rise in premiums from 1 April, consumers might think they have to finalise their...
Consumers need responsive community health services which embrace mental health services designed with consumers, not more reviews. “The announcement of yet another review into how best to deliver mental health announced yesterday risks further delay to real, concerted action,” says the CEO of the...
The savings to the taxpayer in reducing the cost to Government of prescribed pharmaceuticals has been one of the success stories in health economics in Australia in recent years, yet experts say even more savings may be possible through changes to drug pricing policy, the Consumers Health Forum...
Medical specialists should be required to list their fees publicly to ensure patients are able to make better informed choices and avoid the ‘bill shock’ of unexpectedly high fees, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The publication today of reports showing dramatic variations in what...
The AMA public hospital report card released today highlights that our hospitals and broader health system are facing a funding crisis, says the chief executive officer of the Consumer’s Health Forum, Leanne Wells. “It is vitally important that the Australian community has a public hospital system...
It’s time to end the marketing practices that can mislead people about the health benefits of many complementary medicine products and require complementary medicines to show whether or not they have proven efficacy, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Four Corners program last night conveyed the...
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The latest rise in health insurance premiums makes it more important than ever that people check they are paying for the right cover, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Now that a typical family policy can cost more than $4,000 a year, we owe it to ourselves to ensure we have the cost-effective...
The latest above-inflation rise in health insurance underlines the need for more effective and longer term reforms to deliver better value for people who have private health insurance, the Consumer Health Forum says. “While we welcome the modest decline in this year’s rise compared to previous...

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