The expansion of telehealth services to cover all medical and many allied health consultations is a watershed advance in the fight against coronavirus, the Consumers Health Forum said today. Responding to the Federal Government’s $669 million boost to Medicare payments for telehealth services to...
Schemes announced by the big health funds to support their members during the COVID-19 crisis are welcome but lower premiums would likely be of more assistance, the Consumers Health Forum said today. BUPA and Medibank Private have announced a range of programs, including expanded benefits for some...
In a few short weeks, Australians’ response to COVID-19 has ramped up significantly. We have moved from messages that told the community to continue life as normal to declaring states of emergency, closing borders, travel bans and lockdowns. These measures were introduced after too many people...
In view of the rapidly changing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty as to how long the disruption will last, CHF has postponed our Summit 2020: Shifting Gears. The Summit will now take place in Sydney on 18-19 March 2021 . We have secured the same venue, the International...
The demand for isolation and social distancing forced by coronavirus makes it imperative for telehealth to be supported across as many accredited health services as possible, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “We urge the Government to act on the advice of doctors, nurses and allied health...
Four leading health organisations have urged the Government to expand telehealth to nurses to reduce COVID-19 infection risks and support care of chronically ill people at home. Today’s ‘stage 3’ announcement by Health Minister Greg Hunt allows vulnerable general practitioners and health...
Australia is entering its gravest health crisis in a century and must confront the challenge with all the 21 st century knowledge and resources it can muster, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “Essential for success in quelling the virus and community fear will be ensuring effective and...
The Federal Government’s $2.4 billion health plan to fight COVID-19 is an impressive and wide-ranging response that prepares Australians and health services well to counter the threat of a pandemic, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The provision of bulk-billed telehealth medical services,...
The recent letter sent to GPs warning against co-billing Medicare for physical and mental health issues is as concerning for health consumers as it is for doctors. We expect Medicare funding to be used appropriately to deliver high-value care and for waste to be avoided, but the treatment of...
Jan Donovan The risks and costs of overdiagnosis pose an important and complex issue for health consumers in Australia and many other countries. An international conference on Preventing Overdiagnosis held in Sydney recently shone light on the varied issues raised by overdiagnosis that demand...

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