Leaving hospital should not mean a plunge into uncertain, incomplete care. Too often in Australia that is the outcome where often vulnerable patients are discharged without complete medication and other records and a clear care plan, into an unorganised setting in which informed team work by different health professionals is absent. What is best for the patient requires a focus on their individual needs: consumer-centred care and good information to patient and carers provided by an integrated team that might include GPs, nurse practitioners, medical specialists and a mix of allied health practitioners such as physiotherapists, psychologists and diabetes educators.
The report on the evaluation of the opt-out trials for My Health Record showed that the approach would help ensure the full health benefits of a shared electronic health record could be realised the Consumers Health Forum says “CHF has been calling for an opt-out system backed by strong community...
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Health services can often intrude into sensitive and significant aspects of our lives in ways we have little control over. The sense of being at the whim of anonymous forces in a big hospital is a common place experience for many. The same applies to the experience of navigating what at times is a...
A new expert report urging a makeover of Australia’s primary health care development makes a robust case for immediate action, the Consumers Health Forum says. The Grattan Institute’s report, Building better foundations for primary care , recommends the Commonwealth build on its Health Care Homes...
Patient Experience Week coming two weeks before the Federal Budget provides a timely opportunity for voters to consider how the Government could best use precious health dollars to better the health experience for all Australians, the Consumers Health Forum says. “CHF’s submission to the Federal...
Sweeping criticisms of the value of health insurance made in articles released today (Thursday 20 April) should prompt the Government to boost the scope of its private health care review, the Consumers Health Forum says. In wide-ranging articles published by the Consumers Health Forum, consumer...
The introduction of Medicare cover for online consultations with psychologists for people in rural Australia is a welcome development, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The expansion of telehealth services for country people is timely and appropriate particularly for psychological services when so...
The leaders of our two main political parties are resisting calls from most health experts to introduce a tax on sugary drinks. They might give a thought to the thousands of lives saved as a result of earlier public health measures introduced in the face of loud opposition. Mandatory car seat belts...
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...

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