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Medicare runs out

tismetisme Member Posts: 133
I had breast cancer 2 years ago , 5 weeks of radiation therapy , annual mamograms since . now i found another lump.  cant get a bone density scan till July  ( its done every 2 years)  may not get the mammogram till  next year , my medicare funding has run out it seems 


  • MicheleRMicheleR South AustraliaMember Posts: 301

    What? Is that a thing?
  • Cath62Cath62 Brisbane Member Posts: 359
    [email protected], have you seen your GP? I hope they would arrange a mammogram and ultrasound immediately. I would insist on it. Have you asked your GP,?
  • tismetisme Member Posts: 133
    yes its my gp that says my medicare funded sessions have run out so did the radiologist. 

  • MicheleRMicheleR South AustraliaMember Posts: 301
    Wow..how terrible. If you have a problem whats the alternative, blind surgery?
  • LocksleyLocksley Macedon Ranges, VictoriaMember Posts: 630
    It's terrible that so many things come down to funding.  We should be able to access what we need when we need it.  Thinking of you @tisme.
  • FLCloverFLClover Sydney Member Posts: 1,193
    This is wrong on so many levels 😞
  • tismetisme Member Posts: 133
    mum /dad and brother died with cancer , seems I will to 
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 4,764
    Hopefully this link will give clarity and questions to ask your GP 

    "Mammography | healthdirect" https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/amp/article/mammography
  • tismetisme Member Posts: 133
    so i cant have another mamogram till next year by which time if it is cancer ...............
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 4,764
    Screening mammograms are free every two years to all Australian women aged 40 and over who do not have any signs or symptoms of breast disease. Women who have been referred for a mammogram by their doctor may have to pay a fee.
  • tismetisme Member Posts: 133
    u get annual mams for 5 years post cancer treatment ive had mine in feb all clear ............... i found a lump ............ i dont know what it is i cant find out i dont have the money to pay

  • FLCloverFLClover Sydney Member Posts: 1,193
    Would you need to pay for an ultrasound too?
  • tismetisme Member Posts: 133
    i think so i dont know 

  • tismetisme Member Posts: 133
    im on a carer pittance i dont think i should have to 

  • Keeping_positive1Keeping_positive1 Member Posts: 187
    @tisme it is so frustrating, despite most people saying we have a great health care system.  If you pay, you get timely medical treatment, it sure does stink.  I wish I could offer words of comfort, but unfortunately we have a 2 tier health system, as do most countries.  Perhaps speak to the social worker at a hospital and see if they can organise waivering the out of pocket fee?  Whilst we have to be our own advocate, I think it would be good if you can get someone to help bat for you, don't suffer in silence get someone on board to help support you.  When it comes to finances it isn't just a case of speaking up for what tests you need, it is needing someone to step and assist in some funding to get the tests you really need. 

    Don't be dismissed, just because you don't have the money to get the tests, that is really not good enough, you deserve the best health care, just as everyone does.
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