Kealy queries ser­vice costs

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Mem­ber for Lowan Emma Kealy wants to know why women with breast can­cer or considered high risk of de­vel­op­ing breast can­cer pay $200 for a mam­mo­gram or ul­tra­sound in Hor­sham.

She asked the ques­tion in State Par­lia­ment, adding the ser­vice was free of charge in Bal­larat and Mel­bourne.

Ms Kealy said that while reg­u­lar breast screen­ing in Hor­sham was free of charge, mam­mo­grams and ul­tra­sounds were considered a di­ag­nos­tic ser­vice and there­fore at­tracted the $200 fee.

Ms Kealy said she was con­cerned the cost might lead women in western Vic­to­ria to de­lay hav­ing the im­por­tant di­ag­nos­tic pro­ce­dure.

“The prob­lem is fur­ther com­pounded by poor pub­lic trans­port links to Bal­larat, which are get­ting worse due to can­celled ser­vices and longer travel times,” she said.

“I have re­quested the Min­is­ter for Health to ex­plain to the women of my elec­torate why it costs so much to get a mam­mo­gram and ul­tra­sound in Hor­sham – when it is free for women in Bal­larat and Mel­bourne.”

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