High quality after hours medical services are central to universal health care available under Medicare and moves to change present arrangements need to be developed with caution, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Consumers Health Forum is concerned that while the Government may act to reduce...
The launch of a national standard of care for women experiencing heavy menstrual breeding is a much-needed development for the many women who struggle with this condition, the Consumers Health Forum said. “This step by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is welcome...
Medical and health consumer advocates have published an open letter to state and territory Health Ministers, warning that any changes to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) plan to make codeine prescription-only will put health and lives at risk.
The wide-ranging health insurance reforms announced today deliver a welcome response to consumer dissatisfaction with the current pitfalls of private health cover, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Government’s health insurance reforms appear likely to deliver not only lower premium increases...
A joint statement by the Consumers Health Forum, Australian Hospitals and Healthcare Association, CHOICE, Public Health Association of Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance. As the organisations who represent Australia’s health consumers and advocate in the interests of the Australian health care system, we call on the Government to ensure its proposed reforms to health insurance benefit ALL Australians.
While the overwhelming majority of middle-aged and older Australians are happy with their GP, as shown in a new national Survey of Health Care, its findings on cost and other barriers underline gaps in care and the need for a better-connected health system. “The Australian Bureau of Statistics...
Beating obesity requires strong government leadership, new partnerships and effective action now more than ever, a compelling new report released today shows. The Tipping the Scales report by the Obesity Policy Coalition and the Global Obesity Centre presents a consensus view of Australia’s leading...
The finding that psychological issues are a leading reason patients see GPs highlights the importance of the GPs’ role as the first base for health concerns in the community. Investing in primary health care led by GPs is the way to a better performing and more consumer-responsive health system.
This article first appeared on Medical Observer, to read the original click here . Dr Richard Zhu’s pioneering SeekMedi website, listing specialist fees, is a breakthrough. While coverage is not nationwide and, presumably, some specialists are yet to be included, it’s a breakthrough in terms of...
Research showing that fewer than half of parents are completely confident in their GP to provide general care for their children poses a finding that underlines the case for stronger team-based community care.

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