The poor dental health of too many Australian children and adults and the simple steps we can take to improve it, are highlighted by a world-first national dental report released today. The Consumers Health Forum welcomes Australia’s Oral Health Tracker launched today by the Australian Dental...
The call by the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance for a consumer-centred review of private health insurance is yet further evidence of community frustration with the rising cost and confusion of health insurance, the Consumers Health Forum says. "The Consumers Health Forum has for many months...
The radical alternative to private health insurance proposed by Australia’s dentists shows, if nothing else, that there is significant scope for improving the poor insurance deal on dental care that consumers get now, the Consumers Health Forum says. The report prepared for the Australian Dental...
A fresh approach to health care aimed at making traditional clinical relationships --- like those between doctors and patients --- more collaborative will soon begin a national trial in Australia. The Collaborative Pairs program brings health providers and consumers together to develop their skills...
While the COAG health funding arrangements are yet to be agreed by all parties, there is at least a consensus on the importance of a sustainable system that is efficient, focuses on patient-centred care, prevention and better performance driven by data and research, the Consumers Health Forum says...
A new report makes a compelling case for Australia’s public and private hospitals to publish patient complication rates in hospitals as a means of driving better treatment outcomes, the Consumers Health Forum says. The report by the Grattan Institute states that “a veil of secrecy” hangs over which...
A commitment by the Opposition to a wide-ranging Productivity Commission review of the private health system is a welcome step and a level of independent inquiry we have been recommending for some time, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The rising burden of health insurance costs on family budgets...
The Consumers Health Forum is launching a national campaign to ensure people understand why withdrawing codeine from over-the-counter sale is good for their health. “Low dose codeine products that have been available over the counter are no better and often less effective than other analgesics but...
While in the real world consumers struggle to meet private health care costs, health funds are hoping for yet more government help.
Proposed changes to the provision of medicines for rare diseases should bring greater certainty for people with these conditions, the Consumers Health Forum said today. The Health Minister, Greg Hunt, in announcing the Government’s response to a review of the Life Saving Drugs Program, says...

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