Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Cost Of Breast Screening A Barrier To Patients

Older women at risk of breast cancer are delaying treatment because of the cost, Alliance Leader Jim Anderton says.

Under the current breast screening programme a free mammogram is available every two years to all women aged 50 to 64 who have no symptoms of breast cancer.

Women over 64 have to pay for doctors visits and breast screening mammograms.

Costs include $30-$45 for a doctor and up to $100 for a mammogram.

Dorothy Bourke, a 69-year-old Rangiora pensioner taking oestrogen for her osteoporosis, contact ed Mr Anderton when found she had to pay for her mammograms even after she was advised by her doctor that she was a high-risk patient.

Her doctor says she needs mammograms every two years.

'A person like Dorothy on a single-person's superannuation cannot be expected to find an extra $130,' Jim Anderton said.

'When the breast screening programme was trialled in New Zealand, the upper age limit was 69.

Now it is 64 and the reduction in availability which results in the e! xclusion of some high-risk women like Dorothy, is inexplicable.

'What has really enraged Dorothy is that she was recently flown by her family for a holiday in Australia.

While she was there she was given a free mammogram through Breast Screen Brisbane.

The Australian Government seems to value women much more than the Government here.

'In Australia, a national breast-screening programme provides free screening mammograms at two yearly intervals mainly to women between 50 and 69.

Women aged 40 and above a re eligible, if cost would otherwise prevent screening.

In Canada, a national screening programme provides free annual screening and free clinical breast examination to women 50-69 Jim Anderton has written to the Minister of Health seeking an extension to the breast screening programme to include women up to the age of 69 and any others where cost would preclude screening.

The Alliance wants all charges for doctors visits and essential medical care removed.

'In t! his situation, delay can cost lives.

Cost must not prevent! women from accessing the quality screening and treatment they deserve,' Jim Anderton said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour Refusing To Lead A Progressive Drugs Policy

Once again, Labour has chosen not to use (a) its parliamentary majority and (b) the huge mandate it was given at the last election in order to (c) bring about progressive social change. Once again, Labour seems to regard its main purpose for being in power as being to keep National and Act out of power. Will Labour for instance, overhaul our out-dated, unsafe, and unjust laws on drugs? No, it will not... More>>

 

Climate Change: Emissions Report Shows Urgent Action Needed

Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: The Duke Of Edinburgh

9 April 2021 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time. On behalf of the New ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Delivers Next Phase Of Climate Action

The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first ... More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

ALSO:

Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

World Travel: New Zealand Temporarily Suspending Travel From India - PM Jacinda Ardern

Travel into New Zealand from India - including for New Zealand citizens and residents - is being temporarily suspended because of high numbers of Covid-19 cases. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels