The wide-ranging health insurance reforms announced today deliver a welcome response to consumer dissatisfaction with the current pitfalls of private health cover, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Government’s health insurance reforms appear likely to deliver not only lower premium increases...
A joint statement by the Consumers Health Forum, Australian Hospitals and Healthcare Association, CHOICE, Public Health Association of Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance. As the organisations who represent Australia’s health consumers and advocate in the interests of the Australian health care system, we call on the Government to ensure its proposed reforms to health insurance benefit ALL Australians.
While the overwhelming majority of middle-aged and older Australians are happy with their GP, as shown in a new national Survey of Health Care, its findings on cost and other barriers underline gaps in care and the need for a better-connected health system. “The Australian Bureau of Statistics...
Beating obesity requires strong government leadership, new partnerships and effective action now more than ever, a compelling new report released today shows. The Tipping the Scales report by the Obesity Policy Coalition and the Global Obesity Centre presents a consensus view of Australia’s leading...
The finding that psychological issues are a leading reason patients see GPs highlights the importance of the GPs’ role as the first base for health concerns in the community. Investing in primary health care led by GPs is the way to a better performing and more consumer-responsive health system.
This article first appeared on Medical Observer, to read the original click here . Dr Richard Zhu’s pioneering SeekMedi website, listing specialist fees, is a breakthrough. While coverage is not nationwide and, presumably, some specialists are yet to be included, it’s a breakthrough in terms of...
Research showing that fewer than half of parents are completely confident in their GP to provide general care for their children poses a finding that underlines the case for stronger team-based community care.
The Federal Court’s dismissal of proceedings against Medibank Private underlines the need for greater clarity and transparency in the private health insurance market, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “When consumers take out health insurance they are buying “peace of mind”, but this judgement indicates that they need to regularly examine and re-examine their policy’s fine print to be assured of exactly what their health funds are covering,” the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said.
With consumer health leaders this week putting the case to Health Minister Greg Hunt for consumer-centred primary care, we have invited two advocates of primary health reform - consumer Geoff Bartle and GP Wally Jammal - to respond to our questions about the big challenges for primary health care.
The Consumers Health Forum thanks the outgoing Secretary of the Department of Health, Martin Bowles, for his support on consumer issues during his tenure. The chairman of CHF, Tony Lawson, said that it had been of great value to have worked with Mr Bowles. “He saw the importance of ensuring...

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