Currently Osteoscan is a free service to over 95% of its patients.
A Medicare rebate is available where the presence of osteoporosis is either known or strongly suspected. The rebate is also available where the patient may have bone loss associated with a variety of medical conditions. Your doctor or Osteoscan can advise you if these apply.
From April 1, 2007 Australians over the age of 70 will be able to claim bone density tests under Medicare’s new guidelines. Previously a person has had to show signs of osteoporosis and/or suspected fractures to be tested.
Important News Benfiting over 70’s.
PRIME Minister John Howard today used a visit to a nursing home to announce a $225 million package to help elderly sufferers of osteoporosis.
The Federal Fovernment will extend the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to include the drug alendronate from April next year. Osteoporosis sufferers aged 70 and over will also be able to claim bone density tests on Medicare.
“The two measures will put Australia at the forefront of fighting this enfeebling disease,” Mr Howard told residents of a nursing home at Marsfield in Sydney’s northwest.
Health Minister Tony Abbott said the measures were a sensible pursuit of prevention rather than cure. Nearly two million Australians suffer from osteoporosis, which causes fragile and brittle bones and a higher risk of fractures.
Osteoporosis Australia chief executive Judy Stenmark said preventing the first fracture was a vital step in treating sufferers. “Research tells us that once a person has sustained their first osteoporotic fracture they are five times more likely to refracture, so preventing that first fracture is very important,” she said.
December 18, 2006
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