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Australian Gov cutting off Pathology Bulkbilling 5 years 7 months ago #12643

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Just went for blood tests today and was informed the latest BS the Turnbull Gov is trying to pass before election is abolishing bulk billing for Pathology tests. This is frightening to think of the impact of something like this happening to anyone with chronic health conditions, the elderly, anyone on a Health Care Card. Those of us trying to survive on a pension would never be able to cover the $100's it costs for blood tests. I'm absolutely appalled by this so anyone who wants to sign the petition please do so!
They plan to bring it in on 1st July, 2016

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Australian Gov cutting off Pathology Bulkbilling 5 years 7 months ago #12649

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Yes Chejai
I popped this up on Emilios blog a little while ago
See link
Ty for starting a thread
The petition went in last Friday but I understand it is not too late to sign
The girlfriend who is my surf buddy in Qld is lobbying she is a path nurse and alerted me to this situation
Glad you started this hope we get more signing
:+1: :+1:
I'm concerned too its mad the whole concept
These explain it well!
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Australian Gov cutting off Pathology Bulkbilling 5 years 7 months ago #12687

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Thanks Ariel, I'm sorry I didn't know you'd posted it. I honestly had no idea, I was only recently on the human services site looking for info re Gov changes/budget etc affecting those of us on benefits and there was nothing about this or my Dr telling me the Gov wants to privatise Medicare and Centrelink and follow the USA example! WTF! If anything the US is an example of how not to run healthcare! Pisses me off that Australia 'follows' them!
The Path nurse telling me yesterday to get onto petitioning but didn't see anything on the site that it was closed - so hope it's not too late!
Absolutely appalling they want to do this- Sorry but it really calls for

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F1-F2
13 Feb'16 VL UND #woohoo!
AST 24
ALT 26
GGT 50H
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Australian Gov cutting off Pathology Bulkbilling 5 years 7 months ago #12691

Like you Chejai , I signed this partition about a week ago.
Looks like the government is giving PBS hepC meds in one hand & taking Bulk Billing in the other hand.
If we have to pay full price for pathology tests, it will be very costly.
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2003 Relapsed Peg Interferon / Ribavirin
Pre treatment VL 2,000,000
ALT 65, AST 42, ALP 111, GGT 56
Bridging F3-4
Treatment -24 weeks - Sof , Led with 12 weeks Riba.
4 weeks VL <12 Detected ALP 89 , GGT 21 , ALT 17 , AST14
12 weeks VL Undetected ALP 96, GGT 22, ALT 20, AST 20
24 weeks VL Undetected ALP 83, GGT 20, ALT 21, AST 14
EOT 6th April 2016
SVR 5 weeks VL Undetected ALP 81, GGT 31, ALT 22, AST 20
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Australian Gov cutting off Pathology Bulkbilling 5 years 7 months ago #12709

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Why apology Chejai? Not needed hunny! Xxx
Read again I thanked you for starting a thread with what I think is an important issue and Gaj had asked earlier for the link when I mentioned it on Ems thread.
Thankyou again
I hope lots of people know and sign
Pathology items vary in price some are extremely expensive
Social media has been covering this I watched it go from 7,000 signatures to 100,000 in a matter of days
I'm sure any letters can be directed to the Minister for Health I like to personalise my lobbying so write away friends! Yes Chejai on a pension or student allowance this will have most impact I totally agree
Hoping you are faring well we are almost at EOT only just over three weeks to finish now. Yay!
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Gen 1a
Peg/inf/riba 2012(!) stop @ Wk 43 potassium low +issues (rlps week 4 post tx, VL120,000) scnds eg. adenomas.
pre sof/led VL 240,000 Fibsc F0
Day 25 <30
Day 32 UND
Week 10 UND
EOT UND ALT11AST17GGT19
SVR4 UND ALT10 AST16 GGT13
SVR8 UND ALT <9 AST16 GGT15
SVR12 UND ALT14 AST19 GGT12 Bili 5
EOT +18 ALT13 AST20 GGT9 Bili 5
EOT +21 ALT11AST15
Cured SVR12
Dysplasia Adenomas RemvdAug '16
SVR24 UND ALT11AST16
ColonoscopyClear Nov17
LumpectomyClear ‘18
LithotripsyCytoscopyBiopsy 4/18
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Australian Gov cutting off Pathology Bulkbilling 5 years 7 months ago #12733

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Thanks Chejai & Ariel, :)
Thanks for posting this, I didn't see the one posted before as I'm not on here all the time, so good you mentioned it again Chejai, I've signed it now.
Totally wrong of Gov to do that. :angry:

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Australian Gov cutting off Pathology Bulkbilling 5 years 7 months ago #12738

I've signed the petition and sent an email :+1:
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No prior treatment Genotype 1b Fibroscan 0 (only showed a bit of a fatty liver) Diagnosed in February 2015 Currently on my last week of treatment taking led/sof Last LFT normal
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Australian Gov cutting off Pathology Bulkbilling 5 years 7 months ago #12767

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Signed, and amended the email with a few personalised details. This is an unconscionable move, it will affect most those who can least afford it...and you are right Chejai, its a slippery slope if we start following the US model, however minimally - at first :angry:


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