Latest figures showing consumers are paying out more than ever to health funds and doctors, make it more important than ever for the Government’s proposed out-of-pocket costs project to result in a better deal for patients, the Consumers Health Forum says. The Australian Prudential Regulation...
Australian hospitals need to release more records on patient safety and treatment outcomes in the interests of driving better care, the Consumers Health Forum says. A new report issued today (Wednesday) by the Grattan Institute, finds that while hospitals routinely collect large amounts of data on...
Australia is finally giving serious attention to a vital and long-awaited development of the health system --- the secure use for research and development of the vast fields of information detailing our medical experience made possible by electronic health records. This “secondary use of My Health...
Leanne Wells speaking to CEDA
Patient-centred care is at the heart of CHF’s policy agenda. We’re the nation’s peak body for health care consumers and those with an interest in healthcare consumer affairs, so it’s no surprise we want a system designed and organised around the people it serves. No other interest should be more important than this. But why is it that we even have to put the question about whether or not patient-centred care is a pillar of Australia’s health care system?
Key medical, hospital pharmacy and consumer groups are disappointed with the lack of public commitment shown by Health Ministers to uniformly back the Therapeutic Goods Administration decision to upschedule codeine-containing products to prescription-only from 1 February 2018.
Joint release from the RACP, painaustralia, RDAA, RACGP, CHF and SHPA Australia’s health ministers meeting tomorrow (Friday) must put people’s health first and resist pressure to water down codeine safety measures, an alliance of medical, pharmacy and consumer organisations has urged. “We are...
Medical costs are a great worry to retirees, especially those facing failing health. CEO Leanne Wells looks at the reality of health spending in retirement and whether there is cause for concern.
The success of modern medicine is popularly seen in terms of hospitals and life-saving surgery. That focus obscures the potential of a different response to much of the ill health in contemporary society. It’s patient-centred integrated health care. In a refreshing acknowledgement, the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has strongly supported the value this model offers to the health system and the economy. The patient-centred approach sounds straightforward, even prosaic, hardly the heroic life-saving surgery we associate with hospitals, yet the need for integrated care grows each year, along with the burgeoning levels of expenditure directed to our hospitals.
private health insurance. For health fund members baffled about the real impact of the Government’s private insurance reform plan, there was one indicator immediately available.
The Treasurer’s recognition of the importance to the economy of integrated, patient-centred health care injects fresh impetus to drive effective health reforms, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Australia can get much better value out of health spending by ensuring a patient-centred focus that...

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