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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are our 'Rights' when it comes to being diagnosed and/or treated?

    I have noticed a lot of women, (myself included), are being told by their doctors that their symptoms aren't ‘valid’ enough to do any diagnostic testing, or diagnosis is too poor to do specific treatments.
    Does anyone know; Do women have the ‘right’ to ask for specific tests to diagnose their symptoms, or ask for certain treatments for their condition?
    Or do we have to get 2nd, 3rd or 6th opinions until we find a doctor who is willing to help us???
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  • Jennifer Grant

    Psychologist

    New practice opened Feb 2018. Seewebsite www.coffspsychneuro.com.au I'm passionate about working with people from all walks of life to help them create a more vital, … View Profile

    This is outside my area of professional expertise but your question has piqued my curiosity. I know there’s an Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights. You can find it at http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/national-priorities/charter-of-healthcare-rights/
    One of the 7 rights is a “right to be included in decisions and choices about my care. Another is “a right to receive safe and high quality care”.
    When we receive healthcare subsidised by Medicare, then there’s limits to what healthcare providers can do in terms of diagnostic testing and treatments. I wonder what the situation would be if you were privately paying? The healthcare provider remains obliged to use their professional expertise and judgement. But if what you’re asking for is reasonable and if you’re paying… I don’t know! I’ll be interested to see other more informed responses.
    Best wishes in your search,
    Jenny

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