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Health system performance reporting

Transparency about the quality and safety of the health care system will empower consumers to make better choices.

6 Dec 2007 | Most people receive excellent care in Australia’s hospitals but as many as 10% of people may suffer harm as a direct result of the care they receive.

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Consumer reporting of adverse drug reactions

In the past adverse drug reactions have been reported by doctors. We believe that consumers should be able to report these events themselves.

25 Sep 2007 | Reporting of adverse events by consumers has resulted in some important changes, including improvements in product labeling.

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Private health insurance

Private health insurance premiums are rising and consumers are finding their policies have hidden exclusions and high gaps.

20 Sep 2007 | Premiums have increased 33% since 2001 even though the Government promised stable premiums when it introduced 30% rebate & Lifetime health cover.

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Free trade agreement

CHOICE is opposed to the removal of the evergreening provision of the US Fair Trade Agreement.

20 Sep 2007 | One of the contentious issues surrounding the AUSFTA is access to drugs, aspects of the agreement threaten the viability of the PBS in Australia.

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Access to information about drugs in Australia

Consumers have a right to know why some drugs are approved and some are not.

9 Jul 2007 | The Therapeutic Goods Administration do not disclose why certain drugs have been approved and others have not.

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Pharmacists, drug representatives and your privacy

Consumers need to be assured that their privacy is protected in pharmacy software.

3 Jul 2007 | Pharmaceutical company representatives are attempting to extract patient information from pharmacy dispensing software using memory sticks.

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Pharmacy pricing

The cost of medicines is being artificially inflated by lack of competition and practices that encourage price uniformity.

6 Jul 2005 | Pharmacists are inflating the price of some medicines on the PBS by adding various fees which are then passed on to the consumer.

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