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    I recieve welfare (as much as I hate to admit it) and my partner and I found out we were expecting. I am 38 and have two other children, before I was pregnant I was applying for every job left, right and centre.

    It is easy for a politician to tell us what we should do when he is recieving around $300, 000 annually. It's so easy to point fingers. My partner and I weren't trying for a baby and usually we are so very vigilant but accidents happen.

    I feel like I shouldn't have to justify myself to anyone. I don't drink, smoke cigarettes or do drugs or have 10 kids to 8 different fathers and I do believe there are women out there who do have children purely to recieve benefits.

    I am educated but sometimes you find yourself in a less than perfect situation and try to do the best you can. I have goals, I want to study, gain a qualification and contribute to society once again, like I did before I had my eldest.

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    I asked my gp last time I had a Pap smear whether we were moving to 5 years like the UK. he told me no. that was about 3 years ago (yes I'm slightly over due for my next one!).

    thin prep has never been eligible for Medicare, you've always had to pay for it out of pocket.

    I think this is a really poor move on the government's part. why are female things treated so unfairly? GST on pads/tampons (they should be classed as medical products), no Medicare for Pap smears etc etc.

    it's an absolute joke. either we need more women with balls in government lobbying for what's right, or the silly little men should stop meddling in affairs that don't concern them.

    I haven't the head space or energy at present but once I'm on mat leave I'll be looking into this further. specifically I'm interested to see whether in continence pads qualify for GST free treatment on the grounds they're a medical product, and if so, how/why pads/tampons for menstrual purposes differ.

    this has bothered me for a while but the Pap smear thing is going too far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    They are removing the pap smear from Medicare list Nov 2017 so even if you want it you can't get it unless you pay full price.

    The vaccine does work but is not 100% effective. Problem is that the vaccine prevents against the virus strains most common in Australia and is only effective if the person gets all 3 vaccines.

    But we know that people have sex with non Australians and others who travel. We also know that not everyone gets all their vaccines. Even the eastern suburbs of Sydney with the highest % is sitting around 90%.

    Males are not screened but are vaccinated.

    The changes were in the same bill as the other medical changes to various other screening programs. At the time it was passed it was lauded as ground breaking scientific advancements.

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    WHAAATTTTTT????? HPV doesn't cause all types of cervical cancers, I thought it was bad when my GP told me a year ago it would be moving to a 5 year test, but to eliminate them altogether?

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    There's no GST on incontinence pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    There's no GST on incontinence pads.
    thanks. so they're classed as a medical product but female menstrual products aren't.

    that's a joke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    thanks. so they're classed as a medical product but female menstrual products aren't.

    that's a joke!
    Couldn't agree more.

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    Yes I think it sux that there is a GST on menstrual products. It's being taxed for being a woman. Politicians are so out of touch...I can not believe that the pap smear isn't going to be covered by medicare next year. Grrrr.

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    How much will a Pap smear cost??

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    thanks. so they're classed as a medical product but female menstrual products aren't.

    that's a joke!

    come now, you know women just choose to menstruate right? ... its a choice we all make every single month til we hit menopause, we secretly love the feeling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemmi1987 View Post
    come now, you know women just choose to menstruate right? ... its a choice we all make every single month til we hit menopause, we secretly love the feeling

    Said no woman ever lol.


 
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