Medicare is failing women and it’s About Bloody Time things changed.
Around 1 million Aussies are suffering from endometriosis, a condition that causes chronic pain and infertility. There is no cure.
The current Medicare system pays a very low rebate for gynaecological care, leaving women with two options: short consults that barely scratch the surface of their issues, or huge out of pocket expenses. For many, it’s both.
In rural or regional areas, it’s nearly impossible to get help.
We are campaigning for longer, Medicare-funded consultations for endometriosis diagnosis and treatment, so women can get the help they need, no matter where they live.
A new Medicare Item Number for longer consultations of 45 minutes or more, in line with what is paid to other specialists including gastroenterologists, cardiologists and neurologists would allow gynaecologists to offer better care, and attract more specialists to work in the field, lifting the standard of care nationwide.
How you can help:
We need your help to petition the Federal Health Minister Mark Butler to make this change so Aussie women don’t have to suffer in silence anymore. It’s About Bloody Time.
Sign the petition here
Dr Leong is a senior consultant with Monash IVF, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Epworth Richmond. Born in Malaysia, Dr Leong moved to Australia with his parents at a young age. As a Monash University graduate, Dr Leong is involved in teaching gynaecologist trainees in laparoscopic surgery and mentors medical students during their undergraduate years from Monash University. Dr Leong is a regular guest speaker at GP lecture series with Monash IVF discussing topics like egg freezing, combined factor infertility, do you really need IVF?, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, sperm donors and more. Dr Leong also consults at Box Hill (Ekera Medical Centre). He consults in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Malaysia.