The scope and complexity of the latest proposed changes to treatments which Medicare covers highlight the importance of continuing review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, the Consumers Health Forum says. The 38 major recommendations of the MBS Review Taskforce that have been accepted by the...
This article was first published in Croakey , a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy. Has patient-focused care kept pace with the profound advances we see in medical treatment? Medical science now knows more about our bodies than ever – from...
Australians will get a chance to have their say about the health system by joining a new online public panel being launched by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. Australia’s Health Panel will, for the first time provide a national platform for people to register their views on health issues...
Tasmania will join the ranks of other Australian states by establishing a statewide organisation to champion the needs of local healthcare consumers, it was revealed today. Design of the new state-based healthcare consumer organisation – which will enable the health system, healthcare providers and...
CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives who have NOT previously applied to join clinical committees which are reviewing Medicare benefits. Interested consumer representatives need to apply by midnight AEST on Sunday 6 May 2018 . Medicare is Australia’s universal health...
Reforms aimed at improving safety and quality in aged care announced yesterday are welcome but must be backed by stronger standards and more resources, the Consumers Health Forum said. “The establishment of an independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and increased transparency on quality...
This article was first published in John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations blog. The anguish expressed by many of the 1,200 respondents to the Consumers Health Forum’s Out of Pocket Pain survey highlights the widening gulf between the cost of modern medical care and the struggle of many Australians...
Out of pocket medical bills exceeding $10,000 have become common place for patients with breast cancer and certain chronic conditions, a national survey conducted by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia has found. The Out of Pocket Pain survey drew 1,200 responses, many from people shocked to...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the Senate committee call for stronger measures to reduce the risk of another medical device disaster like that with transvaginal mesh which caused so much pain and disability to thousands of Australian women. The Senate Community Affairs References Committee has...
Giving people greater choice in human services including health would give consumers more control over their lives and generate incentives for providers to be more responsive to their needs, the Productivity Commission says in a new report on human services reforms. “This report calls for more...

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