The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has highlighted the unfair cost burden on Shepparton women compared to women in metropolitan areas for follow-up diagnostic testing regarding breast cancer screening.
Speaking in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell told the story of a Shepparton woman who recently underwent a free mammogram at a local private health provider. When irregularities were discovered in her initial test, the woman then underwent an ultrasound again at no cost.
It was when she underwent a biopsy test that the woman had to pay $150.00 for the test to be completed, a procedure that would have been at no cost had the woman lived in metropolitan Melbourne.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell said it was unfair women in Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley had to pay for essential, sometimes life-saving testing that is provided free of charge in the city.
Ms Lovell called on the Andrews Labor Government to provide adequate funding to ensure Goulburn Valley women have access to all breast screening services, including all follow-up diagnostic testing, free of any cost.
In 2019 alone, there were 4,658 diagnoses of breast cancer made in Victoria and tragically 766 Victorian women lost their lives to the disease.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Breast cancer is the second most common newly detected cancer in Victoria and it is unacceptable that women in Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley have to pay for a follow-up diagnostic procedure like a biopsy that is free of charge for women in Melbourne.
“The Minister must provide funding to deliver all breast screening services at no cost so that Goulburn Valley women can keep themselves healthy and free of this insidious disease.”
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