Consumers need not panic about locking in their preferred health fund by Saturday when higher premiums take effect, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Given the widespread angst generated by the average 4.8 per cent rise in premiums from 1 April, consumers might think they have to finalise their...
by Leanne Wells and Jeffrey Braithwaite The customary response to the daunting rise in costs shadowing health care is to reach for that toxic mix of service cuts and tax/fee increases. Now however, fresh attention is going to the concept of health system sustainability. We’re seeking to build a...
At the Colloquium
Bring more than 60 consumer advocates and stakeholders with an interest in supporting consumer leadership from all around Australia together and what do you hear? We need to ‘get it together’ more, was the overarching message. And ‘getting it together’ can come in a variety of ways, whether by...
Consumers need responsive community health services which embrace mental health services designed with consumers, not more reviews. “The announcement of yet another review into how best to deliver mental health announced yesterday risks further delay to real, concerted action,” says the CEO of the...
The savings to the taxpayer in reducing the cost to Government of prescribed pharmaceuticals has been one of the success stories in health economics in Australia in recent years, yet experts say even more savings may be possible through changes to drug pricing policy, the Consumers Health Forum...
Medical specialists should be required to list their fees publicly to ensure patients are able to make better informed choices and avoid the ‘bill shock’ of unexpectedly high fees, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The publication today of reports showing dramatic variations in what...
The pledge by the new Health Minister Greg Hunt to focus on the national crisis of suicide should raise our hopes that we might at last see an effective national strategy to counter this tragedy. Suicide claims more than 3,000 deaths in Australia each year. That’s more than the death toll due to...
The AMA public hospital report card released today highlights that our hospitals and broader health system are facing a funding crisis, says the chief executive officer of the Consumer’s Health Forum, Leanne Wells. “It is vitally important that the Australian community has a public hospital system...
It’s time to end the marketing practices that can mislead people about the health benefits of many complementary medicine products and require complementary medicines to show whether or not they have proven efficacy, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Four Corners program last night conveyed the...
Do you have HealthyCover?
The latest rise in health insurance premiums makes it more important than ever that people check they are paying for the right cover, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Now that a typical family policy can cost more than $4,000 a year, we owe it to ourselves to ensure we have the cost-effective...

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