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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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Pharmacy agreement offers pills with a sugar coating

28 May 2015 - 

The new pharmacy agreement means consumers overall will pay billions of dollars more for prescribed medicines over the next five years, the Consumers Health Forum said today.

CHF publishes first views on Health Budget 2015-16

13 May 2015 - 

CHF today publishes its initial analysis of the Health Budget 2015-16, and what it means for consumers. Infographics cut to the heart of the budget's major items.

Dental Health Funding a Clawback on Previous Commitments

11 May 2015 - 

There is bittersweet news in Health Minister Ley’s confirmation yesterday of funding for the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Adult Public Dental Services and continued access to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, according to the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and the Consumers Health Forum (CHF), given that nearly 25% of the funding committed in last year’s Budget has been cut.

CHF applauds $1.3 billion on new drugs

9 May 2015 - 

The Consumers Health Forum welcomes news of the Government’s $1.3 billion outlay over four years on new drugs.
The funding brings advances in treatment for diseases like melanoma and make these drugs available for patients who previously could not have afforded the expensive treatment, the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said.

Congratulations Senator Di Natale

7 May 2015 - 

The Consumers Health Forum congratulates Senator Richard Di Natale on his election as leader of the Australian Greens.

“Senator Di Natale as the Greens health spokesman has made a significant contribution in advocating for a better and more equitable health system in Australia,” CHF’s Chief Executive Officer, Leanne Wells, said.

Pharmacy agreement good news for consumers

18 May 2015 - 

The planned overhaul in the funding of community pharmacies aimed at delivering cheaper medicines and more focus on patient services represents a big step forward, CHF says.

Budget 2015-16: PBS safety net squeeze revives fears of co-payment

12 May 2015 - 

The budget contains a measure to tighten the safety net for medicine subsidies which revives fears the Government is still hoping to introduce an increase of up to $5 in the PBS co-payment. This rise in the safety net threshold which means concessional patients will have ultimately to pay for eight extra prescriptions per year before qualifying for free or cheaper medicines, will have to pass the Senate, the Consumers Health Forum said last night.

Online health records trial a big step forward

10 May 2015 - 

The trial of a more proactive approach to online personally controlled  health records should provide a significant advance to unlock the potential of electronic medical records to transform health care.   

What patients want from clinicians but often donít get seems surprisingly simple: being treated as an individual.

7 May 2015 - 

Above all else patients want professionals who see them as more than just a problem to be solved. A blog by CHF CEO Leanne Wells on being treated as an individual.

Consumer health needs must be the first concern in PBS reforms, say peak health groups

30 April 2015 - 

Four national health groups have joined forces to urge the Federal Health Minister to assess the health and economic impacts of changes to pharmaceutical subsidies before implementing new measures. The Consumers Health Forum, Arthritis Australia, Painaustralia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia say changes as currently proposed would significantly disadvantage more than one million Australians living with arthritis and other chronic conditions requiring frequent medication.