All health services must be accessible to all consumers. Those consumers who are forced to travel long distances for health care must be adequately catered for. There should be more community participation in health and community service. There is a need for adequate representation at local and regional health services. CPSA opposes a two-tier system of health care and the privatisation of health services.
THE NSW Health Minister has announced plans to overhaul parking fees at public hospitals across the state. The move will simplify and expand the concessional car parking fees, meaning that more people will have access to discounted fees, with some patients set to save over $200 per week.
CPSA met with senior management in NSW Health to talk about people with a very urgent need to see a dentist. Public dental patients that call CPSA are often waiting for months to be seen and then months again to be actually treated.
The Push for Palliative campaign was launched by Dr Yvonne McMaster in 2011 following palliative care funding cuts in Northern Sydney. Initially a campaign to have the funding restored, it has grown into a state-wide effort to improve access to palliative care for NSW residents.
Hearing aids range in price from around $1,500 to $15,000 per pair. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is encouraging consumers to be aware that hearing clinics are for the most part profit-making businesses and to shop around for the best hearing aid for their needs.