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Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF)

CHF is the peak organisation providing leadership in representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. We work to achieve safe, good quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by the best health information and systems the country can afford.

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Why become a CHF member?

24 June 2016 - 

Why become a member of CHF? Have a look at our 2015-2016 accomplishments for consumers and see for yourself!


Labor’s preventive health policy a welcome step forward

18 June 2016 - 

Labor’s preventive health policy is a welcome step forward for Australia, providing a plan for national action to combat the chronic disease epidemic.


Parties' health policies signal different priorities

12 June 2016 - 

Both sides of politics have at the weekend issued policies promising a better health deal, underlining the need for improvements in public hospital financing and private health insurance, the Consumers Health Forum says.


Diagnostic imaging accord welcome…but what about GPs?

6 June 2016 - 

Health consumers can expect temporary relief from the prospect of out of pocket costs for diagnostic imaging services such as mammograms and ultrasounds as a result of an agreement announced by the Health Minister, Sussan Ley.


Consumers welcome Labor pledge to stop $5 medicines rise

22 May 2016 - 

The Consumers Health Forum welcomes Labor’s pledge not to proceed with a planned rise of up to $5 in the charge for prescribed medicines.


Labor’s policy protects the core of Medicare

19 June 2016 - 

Labor’s promise to retain the bulk billing incentive for pathology and diagnostic imaging will reduce the risk of patients foregoing vital tests and scans because they can’t afford them.


Medibank charges point to need for health fund reform

16 June 2016 - 

The allegations made by the ACCC against Medibank Private highlight the urgent need for reforms to make health insurance simpler, transparent and more certain for consumers.


CHF 2016 Election Platform: Seven steps to better health for Australia

7 June 2016 - 

CHF releases its 2016 Election Platform. Australia needs a 21st century health system which makes the most of the huge potential we have to advance care for all Australians.


Greens policy offers an achievable response to the modern epidemic of chronic disease

27 May 2016 - 

The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the Greens plan announced today to reinvigorate Australia’s ailing provision for the care of the chronically ill.


Now is not the time to erode primary care, end freeze

17 May 2016 - 

The Consumers Health Forum calls on the Federal Government and the Opposition to lift the freeze on Medicare payments, to undertake a wide-ranging review of health costs and give new Health Care Home models of care the maximum chance of success.

The Federal Government’s deal with pathologists at the weekend should mean pathologists continue to bulk bill Medicare for the meantime – a win for healthcare consumers.

Both pathology and GP services – general practice more so -  are critical front line services vital to preventing ill health, managing chronic conditions and mental health early, and keeping people well and out of hospital.