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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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Consumers face battery of higher co-payments in Budget

3 May 2016 - 

Consumers face a range of increased out of pocket costs for frontline doctor care and medicines if measures in this and previous budgets pass a future Senate, the Consumers Health Forum says.

 

Tonight’s Budget will extract another $925 million by freezing Medicare rebates over the next three years, on top of the $1.3 billion already removed in previous years, increasing the pressure on GPs to drop bulk billing and charge gap fees.

 

The vote of a future Senate could also mean a range of fresh out of pocket costs, including a $5 rise in the co-payment for prescribed medicines and cutting of the $630 million in bulk billing incentives to pathologists and radiologists.


Landmark study should show way to better care for chronically ill

11 April 2016 - 

A landmark study of the fragmented primary health care system comes at a time when the Federal Government has announced trials of coordinated care for people with complex and chronic conditions, and as the new Primary Health Networks establish themselves as the central players in provision of chronic care services.


Chronic care reform a primary first step

31 March 2016 - 

The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the statement by the Prime Minister today for the initial trials of new approaches in primary care to bring better coordinated and more effective services to respond to the great and growing demands facing 21st medicine generated by chronic illnesses, like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


Medical care check list highlights need for informed patients

16 March 2016 - 

The finding that 61 tests and treatments common in Australia may be unnecessary or even harmful highlights the need for health consumers to feel confident in asking their health practitioners about their care.


A primary solution to Australia’s greatest health problem

7 March 2016 - 

The time is ripe for Australia to adopt more effective measures to prevent and treat chronic and complex disease in the community through reforms that would save lives and many millions of dollars, a new report from the Grattan Institute has shown.


Patient Reported Outcomes to Accelerate Change

13 April 2016 - 

Leanne Wells, CEO of CHF, joined Sam Vaillancourt of St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada, and Dr Paresh Dawda of the Australian National University to give a presentation on Real People, Real Data, at the prestigous International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Towards a 21st Century Vision: Consumers as makers and shapers in health care

8 April 2016 - 

A roundtable of over 35 health experts hosted by The George Institute for Global Health and CHF has called for a range of changes, including the development of a National Vision for Australia’s Health 2025 to set out the principles of consumer-centred health care.


Early election message: consumers show they want health insurance they can value

23 March 2016 - 

Health consumers have shown overwhelmingly that they want a health insurance system they can understand, value and trust. The MyCover plan for simpler, easily comparable health fund policies proposed by the Consumers Health Forum has drawn 94 per cent support in a petition survey independently conducted by One Big Switch.


Good health! Alcohol tax reform would make us happier and healthier

8 March 2016 - 

Research by international experts has found that increasing alcohol taxes can reduce harmful alcohol use including underage and binge drinking. As such, CHF supports FARE’s call for volumetric taxation and an overall increase in alcohol tax as a step forward for public health given it reduces potential for chronic diseases, including cancer and liver disease, caused by high alcohol use.


Patients and profits in health care

7 March 2016 - 

"What we need now are penetrating analyses of what we are spending of our own and taxpayers' money in health care and whether it is delivering the best bang for the buck," CHF CEO Leanne Wells writes in the Canberra Times.