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Immunotherapy a groundbreaking new cancer treatment, but prohibitively expensive

Photo: Chemotherapy did not work on Dave Roberts's form of lymphoma. (Supplied: Dave Roberts) Dave Roberts is fighting for his life, and his doctor says there is only one option left to him, an immunotherapy treatment called Kymriah. Dave Roberts has a form of lymphoma and is hoping immunotherapy could be a cure Novartis manufactures Kymriah, which could be an effective treatment but costs $500,000 Mr Roberts is calling on the Government to provide assistance to make the treatment more accessible "My doctor has stated … that this drug is basically my only hope of survival," he told 7.30. The [...]

September 13th, 2019|

Telehealth still failing to connect Medicare with regional GPs as technology elsewhere keeps advancing

Rooms like this at the Wheatbelt Health Network can video link with specialists in Perth. Regional general practitioners in Western Australia are calling for changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) which currently denies GPs a connection with patients via telehealth, despite advances in technology. Telehealth services can provide good primary healthcare without the need to travel long distances, WA's Health Minister says WA has a significantly lower proportion of GPs per head of population than any other state Canberra plans to extend Medicare benefits to allow GP telehealth in remote, but relatively large population areas known as MMM 6 [...]

September 11th, 2019|

Cosmetic laser treatments need tighter regulation experts warn as patients describe ‘burns’

Nic Dolbel immediately after receiving the cosmetic laser treatment in Canberra in May 2016. For Nic Dolbel, the red flags appeared the moment she arrived on the front doorstep of the 'clinic' three years ago. Nic Dolbel says she was left feeling like she had "third-degree burns" following laser treatment There are calls for tighter regulation on the use of erbium lasers in the beauty industry Industry figures say the industry is already mature and self-regulation largely works "I thought I was going to a clinic and I ended up at a house," she said. "I was just like, 'Oh, [...]

September 9th, 2019|