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...
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety comes at a crucial time. The poor care of many aged care residents has prompted deep concern about standards of care and about the broader issue of how care should be funded and by whom. The Consumers Health Forum supports the principle that...
The Consumers Health Forum is withdrawing the media statement issued yesterday which was responding to a Grattan Institute report on private health insurance. The Institute is revising that report and CHF will respond when the final report is issued.
This article was first published in The Sydney Morning Herald If a latter-day Bob Hawke were to introduce a universal health insurance scheme now, it would look little like the Medicare of today. It is time for Medicare II. As we farewell Hawke, the father of Medicare, at his state funeral on...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the report that the Chief Medical Officer is to investigate excessive medical fees as an important step to promote access to necessary healthcare for all Australians. “As our Out of Pocket Pain survey last year found, many Australians with or without insurance...

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