This article was first published in The Sydney Morning Herald If a latter-day Bob Hawke were to introduce a universal health insurance scheme now, it would look little like the Medicare of today. It is time for Medicare II. As we farewell Hawke, the father of Medicare, at his state funeral on...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the report that the Chief Medical Officer is to investigate excessive medical fees as an important step to promote access to necessary healthcare for all Australians. “As our Out of Pocket Pain survey last year found, many Australians with or without insurance...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the new Shadow Health Minister, Chris Bowen, and thanks Catherine King for her commitment to consumers during her long service in the shadow health portfolio. “Mr Bowen brings an impressive record to his new portfolio and we look forward to working with him,” the...
A new push to encourage Australians to be more proactive in the management of their own healthcare is underway with the launch of a new resource by the NPS MedicineWise Choosing Wisely Australia initiative and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF). The Conversation Starter Kit , being...
The Consumers Health Forum, Australia’s leading health consumer advocacy body, congratulates the Coalition on its re-election and Greg Hunt on his re-appointment as Health Minister. “The Government in its last term made encouraging steps towards improving the health system including in primary care...
Australia’s health system performs best when consumers play an active part in the “healthy trio” of safety, quality and literacy. That’s the view of many expert authors in the latest edition of Health Voices, the e-journal of the Consumers Health Forum published today. “Health consumers and their...
The big parties have pledged billions of dollars in welcome new health spending but there is variation in how they rate against the Consumers Health Forum's priorities for the community’s health. The Consumers Health Forum today releases its scorecard on how the parties stack up in terms of...
Measures to support the health of young people are often overlooked so the Consumers Health Forum particularly welcomes the focus the political parties are giving to youth health at this stage of the election campaign. “The health and wellbeing of young Australians is a key priority, yet many...
The National Press Club election health debate today provided a rare if welcome opportunity for the rival health policies to come under the sort of scrutiny we need to see more of, the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said. “We congratulate the Health Minister, Greg Hunt, and Shadow...
This article was first published in Croakey , a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy. Two recurring concerns were raised by respondents to a recent consumer health sentiment survey conducted by the Consumers Health Forum. These concerns were...

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