The radical alternative to private health insurance proposed by Australia’s dentists shows, if nothing else, that there is significant scope for improving the poor insurance deal on dental care that consumers get now, the Consumers Health Forum says. The report prepared for the Australian Dental...
A fresh approach to health care aimed at making traditional clinical relationships --- like those between doctors and patients --- more collaborative will soon begin a national trial in Australia. The Collaborative Pairs program brings health providers and consumers together to develop their skills...
While the COAG health funding arrangements are yet to be agreed by all parties, there is at least a consensus on the importance of a sustainable system that is efficient, focuses on patient-centred care, prevention and better performance driven by data and research, the Consumers Health Forum says...
A new report makes a compelling case for Australia’s public and private hospitals to publish patient complication rates in hospitals as a means of driving better treatment outcomes, the Consumers Health Forum says. The report by the Grattan Institute states that “a veil of secrecy” hangs over which...
A commitment by the Opposition to a wide-ranging Productivity Commission review of the private health system is a welcome step and a level of independent inquiry we have been recommending for some time, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The rising burden of health insurance costs on family budgets...
The Consumers Health Forum is launching a national campaign to ensure people understand why withdrawing codeine from over-the-counter sale is good for their health. “Low dose codeine products that have been available over the counter are no better and often less effective than other analgesics but...
Proposed changes to the provision of medicines for rare diseases should bring greater certainty for people with these conditions, the Consumers Health Forum said today. The Health Minister, Greg Hunt, in announcing the Government’s response to a review of the Life Saving Drugs Program, says...
Health insurance premiums are rising again as it becomes clear that many insured patients are more likely to face high out of pocket medical costs than is widely expected, the Consumers Health Forum says. Privately insured patients face out of pocket medical costs amounting to thousands of dollars...
Painaustralia and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia have welcomed Minister for Health Greg Hunt’s announcement that $20 million will be allocated to a new trial program that will help community pharmacists support people with ongoing chronic pain.
The thousands of Australians who have faced high out of pocket medical bills now have a chance to make a difference by sharing their story. With the issue of these costs now the subject of an investigation by an expert Government committee, the Consumers Health Forum is launching the Out of Pocket...

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