The Consumers Health Forum is launching a national campaign to ensure people understand why withdrawing codeine from over-the-counter sale is good for their health. “Low dose codeine products that have been available over the counter are no better and often less effective than other analgesics but...
While in the real world consumers struggle to meet private health care costs, health funds are hoping for yet more government help.
Proposed changes to the provision of medicines for rare diseases should bring greater certainty for people with these conditions, the Consumers Health Forum said today. The Health Minister, Greg Hunt, in announcing the Government’s response to a review of the Life Saving Drugs Program, says...
Health insurance premiums are rising again as it becomes clear that many insured patients are more likely to face high out of pocket medical costs than is widely expected, the Consumers Health Forum says. Privately insured patients face out of pocket medical costs amounting to thousands of dollars...
Painaustralia and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia have welcomed Minister for Health Greg Hunt’s announcement that $20 million will be allocated to a new trial program that will help community pharmacists support people with ongoing chronic pain.
The thousands of Australians who have faced high out of pocket medical bills now have a chance to make a difference by sharing their story. With the issue of these costs now the subject of an investigation by an expert Government committee, the Consumers Health Forum is launching the Out of Pocket...
The rising use of superannuation funds to meet high medical bills is a disturbing sign of the deepening impact out of pocket medical costs are having in Australia, the Consumers Health Forum says. “That an increasing number of people are having to dip into their super early to ensure they can get...
It is time for Australia’s political leaders to put the health of our children and future generations ahead of all other interests. Refusing to consider a tax on sugary drinks is not sound public health policy, the Consumers Health Forum says. Given more than 20 countries have now introduced levies...
In this new year, the Federal Government should look to harness the forces transforming the health system and recognise the contribution health makes to national productivity, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The internet-enabled consumer power that has transformed people’s interaction with the...
The announcement of an expert committee to consider the issue of out-of-pocket medical costs presents a great opportunity to tackle a blight on the health system, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The “bill shock” of high direct costs is a painful reality for too many patients who have undergone...

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