Record funding for hospitals from 2020 and a $5 billion rise for aged care are contained in a Federal Budget which also provides for more consumer-focused approaches to care and research. Hospital funding will include $100 million for innovation in providing hospital services aimed at bringing down...
The scope and complexity of the latest proposed changes to treatments which Medicare covers highlight the importance of continuing review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, the Consumers Health Forum says. The 38 major recommendations of the MBS Review Taskforce that have been accepted by the...
Tasmania will join the ranks of other Australian states by establishing a statewide organisation to champion the needs of local healthcare consumers, it was revealed today. Design of the new state-based healthcare consumer organisation – which will enable the health system, healthcare providers and...
Australians will get a chance to have their say about the health system by joining a new online public panel being launched by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. Australia’s Health Panel will, for the first time provide a national platform for people to register their views on health issues...
Reforms aimed at improving safety and quality in aged care announced yesterday are welcome but must be backed by stronger standards and more resources, the Consumers Health Forum said. “The establishment of an independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and increased transparency on quality...
Out of pocket medical bills exceeding $10,000 have become common place for patients with breast cancer and certain chronic conditions, a national survey conducted by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia has found. The Out of Pocket Pain survey drew 1,200 responses, many from people shocked to...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the Senate committee call for stronger measures to reduce the risk of another medical device disaster like that with transvaginal mesh which caused so much pain and disability to thousands of Australian women. The Senate Community Affairs References Committee has...
Giving people greater choice in human services including health would give consumers more control over their lives and generate incentives for providers to be more responsive to their needs, the Productivity Commission says in a new report on human services reforms. “This report calls for more...
The poor dental health of too many Australian children and adults and the simple steps we can take to improve it, are highlighted by a world-first national dental report released today. The Consumers Health Forum welcomes Australia’s Oral Health Tracker launched today by the Australian Dental...
The call by the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance for a consumer-centred review of private health insurance is yet further evidence of community frustration with the rising cost and confusion of health insurance, the Consumers Health Forum says. "The Consumers Health Forum has for many months...

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