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Is breast screening and cervix screening no longer free? We can't find any proof to back that up

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

The tweet, posted by someone with over 11 thousand followers, has received hundreds of likes & retweets.

A tweet posted by user 'AdyLady9969' has claimed that mammograms & cervical screening are no longer free - but is it true?

"No more free breast screening and cervix screening. Ffs," the tweet said

The tweet was liked, retweeted & commented on by hundreds of people - many outraged at the supposed decision or asking for further proof.

We also looked for any evidence - and couldn't find any.

The user, who has over 11 thousand followers on Twitter, did not provide any evidence for the claim.

Here's what we found:

Regarding mammograms, the Cancer Council website states that "screening mammograms are free every two years to all Australian women aged 40 and over who do not have any signs or symptoms of breast disease."

"Women who have been referred for a mammogram by their doctor may have to pay a fee. While there is a Medicare rebate for mammograms, many private imaging clinics charge more than the Medicare Schedule Fee. This means that women who use these services must pay the balance."

The Department of Health website also says the same.

Staying with the Cancer Council website, they also say this:

"The Cervical Screening Test is free for eligible women, however your doctor may charge their standard consultation fee for the appointment."

A project called 'The Breastscreen Initiative' has also tweeted about the claim - and, like us, have labelled it false.

No media outlets have reported on what would be a significant change, and no source for the original claim was ever provided.

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