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06 Jan 2015

MRI rebates for young women with breast cancer

BCNA has developed a submission to the Australian Government about how breast MRI rebates could benefit younger women with a history of breast cancer.

The Medical Services Advisory Committee asked for public comments on the advantages and disadvantages of extending Medicare rebates for MRI to women who fall within this category.  Once all public comments are reviewed, the committee will formally review the evidence for doing so, before making a recommendation.

BCNA provided a formal submission to the committee on 7 March 2012, stating that a breast MRI rebate would have:

a). Medical benefits for women.  Young women would have better access to an imaging technique that may often be recommended for their circumstances;

b). Financial benefits for women.  Having breast cancer means a lot of out-of-pocket expenses.  Access to a rebate for breast MRI will go some way to helping women to reduce the financial burden; and

c). Emotional benefits for women. It is important that women feel they are able to access the best possible treatment and detection options for their individual circumstances.

The Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) advises the Australian Minister for Health and Ageing on evidence relating to the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new medical technologies and procedures.  This advice informs Australian Government decisions about public funding for new, and in some cases existing medical procedures.

  • For more information you can download our full submission below. 

BCNA would like to thank the following Consumer Representatives for their advice and input in the development of this submission. We greatly appreciate your assistance:

  • Beverley Bird
  • Leslie Gilham
  • Elspeth Humphries
  • Liz Klaes
  • Julia Leeds
  • Alison Pike
  • Margaret Tassell
  • Pamela Williams