Endometriosis is a Public Health Issue! - We want to be on the PBS!
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Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women in Australia. There is currently no cure and diagnosis of the disease varies anywhere between 7 -10 years. Girls as young as 8 are experiencing chronic pain associated with this disease. 68% of sufferers are incorrectly diagnosed with another condition, as 50% of GP's are unfamiliar with the three main symptoms (Endostats 2018).
The only way to diagnose the illness is through laparoscopic surgery (pictured above), which is currently ranked as an elective, exploratory surgery, meaning you either pay thousands of dollars for surgery through the private system (even with private health insurance), or you wait years to have surgery through the public system.
Endometriosis can affect various systems throughout women's bodies, including Urinary, Reproductive, Digestive and Thoracic. This debilitating disease can take away the ability to have a child, work, be physically active, escape pain, commit to education and affects intimacy.
There is currently no cure for endometriosis. Sufferers are treated with various hormone medications that are not currently listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Visanne, is a common medication used for the treatment of endometriosis symptoms and is currently priced at around $85 per month. As there is no cure for this disease, patients do not have a 'finish line' to stop purchasing this medication. As many sufferers are unable to sustain employment, the medicinal costs are somewhat impossible to maintain. This cost is on top of surgery costs, extensive physiotherapy, constant blood tests and specialist appointments
I am calling upon the Australian Government Department of Health to list Endometriosis medication on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and treat endometriosis like the public health issue that it truly is.
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