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Remove GST from Medical Wigs

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Imagine the outrage if the government introduced legislation to apply GST to prosthetic eyes and limbs.  Yet this is the situation people with Alopecia Areata are faced with when they buy a wig to help them deal with their condition.

Alopecia Areata is an auto-immune disease which results in various degrees of hair loss, from partial to complete loss. It affects approx 2% of the population and can occur at any age, any gender and any race. Alopecia Areata is life changing! There is no cure and there is no successful treatment! Therefore one coping method used by women, children and men is to wear a wig.  Most will wear a wig for the rest of their life. 

In various Government Departments, wigs are classed as a ‘Medical and Surgical Appliance,’ sometimes appearing under the Prosthesis section and are grouped together with Artificial Limbs.   But because wigs can be used for other non-medical reasons, people who require them because of Alopecia Areata or another medical condition are required to pay the tax. Medicare does not provide rebates for wigs.

It is estimated that the government takes about $2.5M per year from people with Alopecia Areata who need a wig to help deal with their condition.

Over five years we have lobbied successive governments without success.

We need your support to help to address this unfair situation.  Please help to support the removal of GST on medical wigs by signing and sharing this petition.

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