Healthcare consumers have today put the case to Health Minister, Greg Hunt, for his National Health Plan to fix Australia’s disconnected care systems. In a Roundtable coordinated by the Consumers Health Forum, twenty consumer health leaders from around Australia met with the Minister in Melbourne...
The risks of over-diagnosis which may lead to more harm than good underline the need for patients to discuss treatment decisions with their doctor to ensure they are well-informed, the Consumers Health Forum says. CHF has joined other health organisations in endorsing the Wiser Healthcare...
The transformation of big health funds into for-profit business enterprises sheltered by significant government subsidy and regulations has failed to prompt a complementary response from federal governments, Coalition or Labor, to even the playing field for consumers.
Beakers are science-y
Eighty-two percent of Australians say they are familiar with the term “clinical trial”1, and more than 60% show a willingness to take part on clinical trials. And yet, some 80% of clinical trials still struggle to find people as quickly as planned. This gap between awareness and willingness to take part, and actually taking part is what slows how quickly new treatments become available. There are lots of misunderstandings about clinical trials, which possibly contribute to this gap. Let’s take a look at some of these.
Widespread and growing community frustration with the cost and inadequacies of private health insurance oblige the Federal Government to initiate a thorough investigation into its value, the Consumers Health Forum said today. In a submission to the Senate inquiry into health insurance and out of...
The appointment of consumer leader, Jo Watson, as the inaugural deputy chairperson of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, is an encouraging recognition of patients’ interests in deciding which medicines should be subsidised, the Consumers Health Forum’s CEO, Leanne Wells, said today. “...
The commitment from the government to deliver a national real-time monitoring system for prescription medicines will improve the safe use of medicines and save lives said Leanne Wells the CEO of Consumers Health Forum of Australia. “We welcome the announcement today of a commitment to fund the...
The powerful lobby group has discouraged members to participate in a government survey. This lack of transparency is troubling for consumers and taxpayers.
Consumers would win an important place in future negotiations about government payments to pharmacy owners and the services they provide under an option proposed in the interim report of the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation. “The recognition of the importance of consumer interests in...
The Consumers Health Forum supports the call for the enforcement of Medicare principles to ensure private patients in public hospitals do not receive preferential treatment ahead of public patients. “We back the recommendation in a new report by Catholic Health Australia, that the only driver for...

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