One of Australia’s top medical researchers, Professor Ian Frazer AC, has called on Australians to consider what they want of health care in the future given the rapid development of ever more powerful and expensive treatments. The “quiet revolution” in health care is making optimal health care for...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes Labor’s pledge to increase spending on public hospitals and to boost funding for stretched elective surgery in public hospitals. “We support the moves this week by both side of politics to boost health spending,” the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne...
Record funding for hospitals from 2020 and a $5 billion rise for aged care are contained in a Federal Budget which also provides for more consumer-focused approaches to care and research. Hospital funding will include $100 million for innovation in providing hospital services aimed at bringing down...
The scope and complexity of the latest proposed changes to treatments which Medicare covers highlight the importance of continuing review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, the Consumers Health Forum says. The 38 major recommendations of the MBS Review Taskforce that have been accepted by the...
This article was first published in Croakey , a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy. Has patient-focused care kept pace with the profound advances we see in medical treatment? Medical science now knows more about our bodies than ever – from...
Tasmania will join the ranks of other Australian states by establishing a statewide organisation to champion the needs of local healthcare consumers, it was revealed today. Design of the new state-based healthcare consumer organisation – which will enable the health system, healthcare providers and...
Australians will get a chance to have their say about the health system by joining a new online public panel being launched by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. Australia’s Health Panel will, for the first time provide a national platform for people to register their views on health issues...
CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives who have NOT previously applied to join clinical committees which are reviewing Medicare benefits. Interested consumer representatives need to apply by midnight AEST on Sunday 6 May 2018 . Medicare is Australia’s universal health...
Reforms aimed at improving safety and quality in aged care announced yesterday are welcome but must be backed by stronger standards and more resources, the Consumers Health Forum said. “The establishment of an independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and increased transparency on quality...
This article was first published in John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations blog. The anguish expressed by many of the 1,200 respondents to the Consumers Health Forum’s Out of Pocket Pain survey highlights the widening gulf between the cost of modern medical care and the struggle of many Australians...

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