A change in the law enabling people to delete permanently their My Health Record, should strengthen public trust in the system, the Consumers Health Forum says. “This change will reassure those people who were concerned that their decision to opt out of MHR would not prevent their record being...
This article was first published in Croakey , a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy. Here we are in 2019, well into the 21st century and the new millennium. As the years slip by and our knowledge about what works best in health care continues...
The Consumers Health Forum has called on the Government to accept that health expenditure is crucial not only to save lives but also as an investment in the wider economy. In its federal budget submission, CHF has urged the Government to move away from the current budgetary requirement for all new...
This article was first published in Croakey , a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy. With Australia’s health system it can sometimes seem that the more remedies there are proposed, the harder it gets to put them into practice. Whether it be...
The average 3.25 per cent rise in health insurance premiums announced today brings a respite from the higher increases of previous years and it is to be hoped will be accompanied by an easing in out of pocket costs incurred by insured consumers, the Consumers Health Forum says. While the rise in...
While the additional $500 million in Federal funding to strengthen and reform primary care in the community is welcome, the Government needs to put more focus on preventive health measures which could deliver great health benefits at modest cost, the Consumers Health Forum says. Responding to...
A new report showing that high rates of caesareans and infant medication are placing some infants in Australia at risk of avoidable health problems highlights the importance of ensuring treatment and care is based on best available medical evidence, the Consumers Health Forum says. The Third...
Recent media reports have exposed the worrying incidence of faulty medical devices around the world and in Australia. When things go wrong, the impact on a person’s ability to work and enjoy a fulfilling life can be profound and game changing. What these reports did not highlight is the disturbing...
A vibrant voice advocating for consumers is vital to a modern, effective health system and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia welcomes the announcement by the Health Minister, Greg Hunt, of funding for the next three years. “Consumers are exerting an ever more important role in shaping the...
Australia’s health system takes a significant step forward now that Parliament has resolved questions concerning security and privacy of the My Health Record, the Consumers Health Forum says. Australians have until 31 January 2019 to choose to opt out of the personal electronic health record and...

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