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Election Manifesto

Election Manifesto coverDate: 24 March 2022

PCPA’s core mission is the delivery of the best treatment and advocacy for patients with cancer, regardless of where they might live, or what their socioeconomic circumstances. We strive, each day, to rid the scourge of cancer from our patients and provide comfort and support to them and their families.

We are acutely aware, and deeply concerned, at the overwhelming and often, unexpected financial costs that come with the diagnosis of cancer.

As cancer physicians providing high quality, personalised, patient-centred care, we work very hard to control the out-of-pocket expenses that are within our control. As patient advocacy leaders, we see first-hand the often-extreme choices some patients feel they must make. Sell the house or have treatment? Retain childcare services or have treatment? Keep working or take the much-needed time off to recover?

Cancer treatment should never come with a question mark over whether the patient can afford it or not.

The PCPA and the Rare Cancers Australia is advocating the next Australian Government adopts the recommendations we have made in our combined ‘Cancer Care, No Gaps’ election manifesto.

Together we focus on the low cost and high impact measures that, if implemented, can and will have an immediate positive effect in the lives of Australian cancer patients and their families.

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PCPA secures a reversal of MBS Telehealth cuts to phone consults

Date: 16th January 2021

Dear Members,

We are very pleased to inform you that after a very short but intense campaign of media and advocacy over Christmas, the PCPA was able to secure a reversal of the sudden cuts to Telehealth phone consults (item number 91835).

The item will be re-instated on Tuesday January 18 and backdated to January 01, 2022. There was a further addition of MBS rebates for specialist phone consults with in-patients. We will share the full list of MBS changes when it is available.

We will continue to advocate for the re-instatement of the 50% MBS loading for video consultations with regional and rural patients (MBS item 112).

We will prepare a short letter that you should provide to your patients, impacted by this removal, so they too can become active advocates with their own local MP.

Please click here to view media release that went out on the 16th January and the joint release by Ministers Hunt and Gillespie.

View pdf of the full list of MBS items re-instated- as provided to us by Minister Hunt.