About Policy Submissions

We regularly make submissions to national level inquiries. If you are after a submission from earlier than listed here, please contact us.

30 September 2016 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

CHF is aware that many concerns have been raised about the awarding of the contract for the National Register to Telstra Health. However it is clear from the Bill that the Commonwealth is the custodian of the data in the register and as such has the responsibility to ensure that sufficient /...

30 September 2016 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

The Discussion Paper identified a number of key areas that the Panel wanted advice on to help shape its recommendations. Consistent with our desire to have a 21st century health system that has the consumer at its centre our submission concentrates on changes which would have a direct impact on...

7 September 2016 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

CHF welcomed the opportunity to put in a submission on these proposed savings measures. We did not have time to consult our members explicitly on this Bill but we did consult them when the measures were announced as part of the Budget and as the measures have not changed the position remain the...

29 January 2016 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

Integrated and coherent health policy should start with the healthcare consumer and their needs. Wider policy must recognise the link between the nation’s overall health status and productivity: an investment in healthcare is an investment in the health of the budget itself.

14 December 2015 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

The current state of private health insurance in Australia is one prone to fragmentation and offering little value to consumers. Many insurance policies lack adequate coverage for even basic needs, yet consumers feel pressured to take out such policies in order to have some form of coverage....

19 November 2015 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

CHF is concerned that the link between actual costs incurred and thresholds/rebates would be further weakened by the proposed legislation and this will be to the detriment of consumers.

12 November 2015 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

Consumers and the wider community need to have a better understanding of what Medicare care is. CHF recommends a community awareness programme about Medicare and the MBS. We will get more judicious Medicare outlays when people are more engaged with their healthcare and healthcare choices through...

16 October 2015 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

CHF does not support the proposed rescheduling of all codeine to Schedule 4 at this point in time. We do not think the delegate has given enough consideration to the significant system wide costs of the rescheduling or the loss of access to a range of medications that do have some benefits to...

17 September 2015 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

This review of the Guidelines is an opportunity to continuously improve the way PBAC assesses proposals and we see it as an opportunity to give consumers more opportunity for input into the process. If this potential is to be realised then there needs to be adequate resourcing provided to...

16 September 2015 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

The current, fragmented set of primary health services with their emphasis on managing ill health rather than promoting health and wellbeing are not meeting the needs of people with chronic conditions. We need to start putting the services together so they actually form a system that has at its...

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