When Sally*, a young mother, was prescribed antibiotics for an illness, she began taking them straightaway according to her doctor’s instructions. She had never taken these medicines before, and when she started experiencing a persistent headache and nausea soon afterwards, she wondered if it had...
When an elderly lady visits her GP for a routine check-up, the GP notices that she’s been reading a novel while she was in the waiting room. As they talk about her health conditions, as well as her day-to-day life, her GP suggests that she join a newly established book club at her local library...
Health fund numbers have fallen again to their lowest level in 12 years, making more important than ever the need for a more consumer-focused approach, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The continued decline in the number of Australians taking up private cover comes despite the introduction...
The National Health Plan announced by Health Minister Greg Hunt today is an encouraging step forward particularly in mental health and preventive health, the Consumers Health Forum says. The longterm plan includes a fresh focus on children’s mental health with a new strategy specifically for...
The new Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights released today gives welcome recognition to the evolving place of the patient as partner in decisions about their care. The My healthcare rights charter has been produced by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and promotes...
This article was first published in Croakey , a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy. The idea that private health insurance is in trouble is given weight by the latest membership numbers showing a decline of 65,000, the steepest fall this...
A new report which finds Australia’s health system is “increasingly unfair, costly and confusing”, must spur the Federal Government to establish a wide-ranging inquiry into private health insurance and its role in the funding and delivery of healthcare, the Consumers Health Forum says. The report...
Like any big change to behaviour in a system as complex as healthcare, the introduction of My Health Record (MHR) while offering great benefits, continues to pose complex challenges for all of us: consumers and clinicians alike. The end of the opt-out period in January in which about 10 per cent of...
A report that health insurance funds have failed to meet regulated requirements concerning their coverage obligations is disturbing and warrants a review by the Government into the handling of pre-existing condition disputes, the Consumers Health Forum said today. Three health funds are reported in...
A new report shows that Australia still has some way to go to ensure our healthcare is accessible and works effectively for all Australians, the Consumers Health Forum said today. The findings of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on patient experiences of information sharing...

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