Political leaders must embrace the need for changes and investment in our health system to create a consumer-centred and equitable 21st century health system. What is the right level of investment? Is prevention adequately considered currently? What impact will the rising levels of obesity and...
The end of the 20-year freeze on Medicare benefits for radiology and ultrasound should reduce gaps and improve access to diagnostic imaging services for many patients, the Consumers Health Forum, said today. “The change to take effect from July next year, will cost taxpayers $200 million over three...
That a third of low-income adults avoid some foods because of problems with their teeth is telling evidence of the need for dental care reform in Australia, the Consumers Health Forum said today. A report by the Grattan Institute today has called for a universal dental care scheme to help end the...
As the Federal election looms, the need for health reform has never been more obvious, and central to any reforms should be the social determinants of health and a renovation of our health care system. Recently the Consumers Health Forum held a member and stakeholder forum to hear emerging and...
Cost barriers to dental care are dooming many Australians to avoidable pain and poor health and the Australian Greens' policy to do more to remedy this plight is a welcome step, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “Dental care should be part of Medicare just as the mouth is an inseparable part...
This article was first published in John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations blog The announcement of Federal Government plans to establish a website listing medical specialist fees may seem a modest response to a problem that causes financial distress to many patients already struggling with their...
Health consumers already paying out thousands of dollars a year in premiums may at last be able to check out what further out of pocket costs they face going to private specialists with the announcement of plans for an official website disclosing fee levels. “We support this first important step to...
It has taken a while but something comparable to the impact consumer power has exerted in areas like banking and retail is now emerging in health care. Consumer influence over the future shape of health services was a repeated theme at the Australian Financial Review’s Healthcare Summit last week...
Heart disease is a huge and often unrecognised problem for many Australians, and it is good news that both sides of politics today have announced their support for a comprehensive heart health check to be financed by Medicare. “Even though there is one case of heart attack or stroke occurring in...
With thousands of online resources on health, how do you know which ones to trust or which websites best address your needs? Whether you are grappling with a particular health issue or just looking to maximise your personal health potential, navigating the increasingly complex maze of modern health...

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