The Turnbull Government’s aim to strengthen Medicare through the Health Care Homes model is good news but will need strong clinical leadership and patient confidence and engagement in design and delivery if it is to attract patient support.
Health fund profits have jumped by a lucrative 8.9 per cent yet the latest statistics show that members are on average getting less back from each dollar in premiums they pay. While premium revenues rose by 6.4 per cent in the year to June, the payouts members got back in benefits rose by just 5.3 per cent, according to figures released by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.
The release of de-identified health data offers great potential to advance research showing how Australia can deliver better health care more cost effectively, the Consumers Health Forum says.
Health and consumer leaders have released a blueprint for 21st Century Medicare aimed at giving patients greater say in a team-based health care system.
The expansion of the Whitecoat health care directory signals further progress towards a more consumer-friendly health system, the Consumers Health Forum says.
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the discussion paper on the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation and the emphasis it places on identifying consumer needs.
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.