The Federal Court’s dismissal of proceedings against Medibank Private underlines the need for greater clarity and transparency in the private health insurance market, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “When consumers take out health insurance they are buying “peace of mind”, but this judgement indicates that they need to regularly examine and re-examine their policy’s fine print to be assured of exactly what their health funds are covering,” the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said.
With consumer health leaders this week putting the case to Health Minister Greg Hunt for consumer-centred primary care, we have invited two advocates of primary health reform - consumer Geoff Bartle and GP Wally Jammal - to respond to our questions about the big challenges for primary health care.
The Consumers Health Forum thanks the outgoing Secretary of the Department of Health, Martin Bowles, for his support on consumer issues during his tenure. The chairman of CHF, Tony Lawson, said that it had been of great value to have worked with Mr Bowles. “He saw the importance of ensuring...
Healthcare consumers have today put the case to Health Minister, Greg Hunt, for his National Health Plan to fix Australia’s disconnected care systems. In a Roundtable coordinated by the Consumers Health Forum, twenty consumer health leaders from around Australia met with the Minister in Melbourne...
The risks of over-diagnosis which may lead to more harm than good underline the need for patients to discuss treatment decisions with their doctor to ensure they are well-informed, the Consumers Health Forum says. CHF has joined other health organisations in endorsing the Wiser Healthcare...
The transformation of big health funds into for-profit business enterprises sheltered by significant government subsidy and regulations has failed to prompt a complementary response from federal governments, Coalition or Labor, to even the playing field for consumers.
Beakers are science-y
Eighty-two percent of Australians say they are familiar with the term “clinical trial”1, and more than 60% show a willingness to take part on clinical trials. And yet, some 80% of clinical trials still struggle to find people as quickly as planned. This gap between awareness and willingness to take part, and actually taking part is what slows how quickly new treatments become available. There are lots of misunderstandings about clinical trials, which possibly contribute to this gap. Let’s take a look at some of these.
Widespread and growing community frustration with the cost and inadequacies of private health insurance oblige the Federal Government to initiate a thorough investigation into its value, the Consumers Health Forum said today. In a submission to the Senate inquiry into health insurance and out of...
The appointment of consumer leader, Jo Watson, as the inaugural deputy chairperson of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, is an encouraging recognition of patients’ interests in deciding which medicines should be subsidised, the Consumers Health Forum’s CEO, Leanne Wells, said today. “...
The commitment from the government to deliver a national real-time monitoring system for prescription medicines will improve the safe use of medicines and save lives said Leanne Wells the CEO of Consumers Health Forum of Australia. “We welcome the announcement today of a commitment to fund the...

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