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...
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.
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...
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...
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...

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