Health

Court rules fish oil capsules not ‘Made in Australia'

The Federal Court has ruled that the encapsulation in Australia of imported fish oil and Vitamin D by Nature's Care Manufacture Pty Ltd (Nature’s Care) would not permit the capsules to be labelled ‘Made in Australia’ under the Australian Consumer Law’s (ACL) Country of Origin labelling provisions.

“The ACCC is pleased that the approach of the Federal Court is consistent with the guidance the ACCC has given industry about country of origin labelling,” ACCC Deputy Chair Mick Keogh said.

ACCC to monitor the removal of GST on feminine hygiene products

The Federal Government has directed the ACCC to monitor and report on the prices, costs and profits relating to the supply of menstrual products in the feminine hygiene products industry.

The Government has previously agreed with the states and territories that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be removed from menstrual products from 1 January 2019.

Private health insurance report 2017-18

This report analyses key competition and consumer developments and trends in the private health insurance industry between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.

ACCC seeks Special Leave to appeal Full Federal Court’s Pfizer judgment

The ACCC has sought Special Leave from the High Court to appeal the Full Federal Court‘s judgment of 25 May 2018 which upheld the dismissal of allegations against Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd (Pfizer) by the trial judge.

The ACCC alleges that Pfizer misused its substantial market power and engaged in exclusive dealing conduct for an anti-competitive purpose in breach of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA).

ACCC calls for simpler, more transparent health insurance

Frustration with complex private health insurance policies and unexpected out-of-pocket costs is leading to increased complaints and even some people abandoning their hospital policies.

The ACCC has today released its annual report into the private health insurance industry, calling for the industry to make its products more consumer friendly by providing reliable and transparent information about product features and changes to private health insurance policies.

Private health insurance report 2016-17

This report analyses key competition and consumer developments and trends in the private health insurance industry between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, including ACCC enforcement and other actions relating to the health sector.

Private health insurance report 2015-16

This report analyses key competition and consumer developments and trends in the private health insurance industry during the reporting period that impacted on consumers’ health cover and out-of-pocket expenses.

Issues around the sale of hearing aids

The ACCC was alerted to potential consumer protection issues in the hearing aid industry through ABC RN’s Background Briefing program, Have I got a hearing aid for you.

Hearing aids and devices - information to help make an informed choice

Choosing the right hearing aid and provider can be difficult. Before you buy a hearing aid you can protect yourself by being a smart shopper.

Private health insurance report 2014-15

Report to the Australian Senate on anti-competitive and other practices by health funds and providers in relation to private health insurance, 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.