The Consumers Health Forum supports Labor’s call to make the election a referendum on Medicare as long as it means asking voters if they want universal access to quality health care preserved. If the future of Medicare is to be protected, a central objective should be to ensure the development of...
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,...
A landmark study of the fragmented primary health care system comes at a pivotal time for millions of chronically ill Australians, the Consumers Health Forum says. “We welcome this national survey to assess consumer experience of coordination of health care announced today by the National Health...
Australia’s healthcare system needs to be more transparent and accessible to put consumers at the centre of health decision making, according to a new report. A roundtable of over 35 health experts hosted by The George Institute for Global Health and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF)...
Australians living with chronic and complex illness face a better future under the Federal Government’s reform plan, provided this promising first step is backed by much more funding. “The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the statement by the Prime Minister today for the initial trials of new...
Health consumers have shown overwhelmingly that they want a health insurance system they can understand, value and trust, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The MyCover plan for simpler, easily comparable health fund policies proposed by the Consumers Health Forum has drawn 94 per cent support in a...
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, says the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. “Health care needs to be a partnership...
The benefits to Australia’s public health and wellbeing from alcohol tax reform far outweigh the concerns posed by the wine industry, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Research by the Word Health Organisation and other international experts has found that increasing alcohol taxes can reduce harmful...
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. “Our greatest health challenge in Australia –...
The new measures to accelerate roll-out of the My Health Record, the national electronic health records system, is an important step forward for Australia’s health, the Consumers Health Forum said today. The Chief Executive Officer of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said that the trials...

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