The Australian Labor Party's response to CHF's 2016 Federal election platform.
CHF's 2016 Election Platform. We call for a number of commitments in seven key areas which would lay the groundwork for a sustainable health system that ensures people get the right care, at the right time and at the right cost.
This document outlines CHF's initial appraisal of the recently announced pharmacy reforms and 6CPA. While there are some positive points of difference between last agreement (5CPA) and 6CPA, the current Agreement does not go far enough to drive improvements in terms of greater competition and innovation in this sector, resulting in greater accessibility and affordability for consumers. The Package was billed by the Government as being a big win for consumers however, as the following top-line analysis shows, the bigger winners were pharmacy and the Government.
Budget 2015: CHF's initial response; Pharmacy agreement offers pills with a sugar coating; Online health records trial a big step forward; What patients want from clinicians but often don't get: being treated as an individual; Choosing Wisely; Looking for ways to engage your consumers?; Congratulations Senator Di Natale; Recent submissions
Consumer-centred health care in the 21st century
To develop a framework for how this might happen in Australia, The George Institute for Global Health and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia partnered on a Special Policy Roundtable held in Sydney on 31 March 2016. Involving over 35 consumers, advocates, and health experts from a range of backgrounds, and representing key stakeholders (see list at end of report), these individuals developed the themes crystallised as recommendations in this report, based on the principles of consumer-centred care.
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.
Preserving Consumer Choices Without Sacrificing the Principles of Universal Health Care
The Government announced a review into private health insurance on 28 October 2015. In order to help inform the government’s review into private health insurance, the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) launched the online survey. CHF made its formal submission to the government’s review on 14 December 2015. The findings, discussion, and recommendations in this report should be viewed as a companion to the full submission.