Health | November 08, 2017

Kealy calls for explanation on mammogram costs

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP has spoken in Parliament requesting an explanation why women with breast cancer or who are considered high risk pay $200 for a mammogram and ultrasound in Horsham when the service is free in Ballarat and Melbourne.

While regular breast screening in Horsham is free, mammograms and ultrasounds are considered a diagnostic service and local women are required to pay $200.

Ms Kealy is concerned the cost is causing women in western Victoria to delay having this important diagnostic procedure performed, simply because they can’t afford it.

“The problem is further compounded by poor public transport links to Ballarat, which are getting worse due to cancelled services and longer travel times imposed by the city-centric Andrews Labor Government”, Ms Kealy 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”, she said.

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