Free diagnostic tools

Over the past year I have spent about $3000 on various scans at a private provider. I have been diagnosed with a non-cancerous health issue. Paying for scans privately has given me quick access to a diagnosis.  If I had cancer that would have given me faster acess to treatment.  This is VERY unfair to those who can't afford to pay or who aren't told about that option. To be equitable we need plentiful, free of charge scans for all who need them.  

Why the contribution is important

Fast diagnosis saves lives and saves costs in the long run. 

by valm on March 12, 2023 at 07:42AM

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  • Posted by AceTimelord March 13, 2023 at 06:28

    Yes! I absolutely agree!
    And you touch on an important point. By going private for diagnosis, screening etc, you can then get access to publicly funded care that is only available to those with a diagnosis. The diagnostic is, from a functional point of view, only available in the private system, but the care the diagnosis unlocks is available on the public system.
    Same thing for my ADHD diagnosis, the diagnosis isn't available on the public system, but the meds are.
    So we basically have a two teir health system, where those who can afford private care get more public funding than those who cannot.
    All diagnostics, including scans, must be publicly funded.
  • Posted by Bware March 25, 2023 at 08:24

    100% agree. At least for those that cannot afford private care.
    I guess the problem is that this would drive waiting lists through the roof and we are already struggling to deliver even the most critical surgical care.
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