The rising use of superannuation funds to meet high medical bills is a disturbing sign of the deepening impact out of pocket medical costs are having in Australia, the Consumers Health Forum says. “That an increasing number of people are having to dip into their super early to ensure they can get...
It is time for Australia’s political leaders to put the health of our children and future generations ahead of all other interests. Refusing to consider a tax on sugary drinks is not sound public health policy, the Consumers Health Forum says. Given more than 20 countries have now introduced levies...
In this new year, the Federal Government should look to harness the forces transforming the health system and recognise the contribution health makes to national productivity, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The internet-enabled consumer power that has transformed people’s interaction with the...
The announcement of an expert committee to consider the issue of out-of-pocket medical costs presents a great opportunity to tackle a blight on the health system, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The “bill shock” of high direct costs is a painful reality for too many patients who have undergone...
Australia’s failure to take effective national measures to combat high rates of obesity is placing at risk our standing as one of the world’s healthiest nations, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Australia enjoys enviable health outcomes but that is unlikely to last if we continue to experience...
A Senate committee’s proposals to expose health insurance costs and medical fees to greater scrutiny would represent a great step forward to a more consumer-friendly system, the Consumers Health Forum says. “We strongly support many of the committee’s 19 recommendations in this ground-breaking...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association’s blueprint for a national health agreement as a much-need stimulus for a serious rethink of Australia’s health system. “We strongly support many of the aims of the report Healthy people, healthy system s,” the...
Cuts in payments to doctors for after-hours services announced today stand to reduce unnecessarily high-cost services but also run the risk of reducing access to care for those patients and families in urgent need, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Government is seeking to reduce the use of...
chfadha.jpg Health consumers are central to the design and delivery of a digital transformed health sector and the ongoing development of My Health Record, a digital system that enables improved safety and quality of patient care. A Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Australian Digital...
A new report showing that public patients wait twice as long for elective surgery as private patients do in public hospitals raises serious questions about equity of access to care. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report into statistics on private health insurance patients in...

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