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The past year has proved a time of significant change for Australia’s health consumers and for CHF itself.
eHealth: the future is now
CHF supports that any health care service be based on the principles of consumer-centred healthcare and that it considers the patient, their carer and family. The key principles of consumercentred healthcare are inclusive of safety and quality issues, cost and sustainability.
CHF has strongly opposed policies that increase consumer out-of-pocket costs through the imposition of new or increased co-payments. We have raised these concerns consistently through previous submissions to Senate Committee inquiries. CHF’s commissioned research on out-ofpocket costs highlights many of the complex and negative aspects of co-payments in health care. Our call to address the rising consumer burden of healthcare in Australia is supported by this consumer- centred research.