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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Nim Murphy's dilemma

Nim Murphy has large 12HH size breasts which are causing her so much pain, she had to quit work and go on the dole.  She needs a breast reduction but can't afford it.

Because breast reduction is considered 'elective surgery' - in other words, it's not life-threatening and therefore not urgent - in Australia you need private health insurance if you want to have elective surgery immediately.  If you don't have private health insurance, you will go on a long waiting list which could take many months.

And that is Ms Murphy's dilemma.  "I can't work, I can't exercise properly, I can't do most things" she said.

She suffers from the reversal of the lordotic curvature, leaving her spine bending backward and discs protruding from her neck. She said that although her 12HH breasts do not cause the curvature, their weight exacerbates the symptoms.

Other popular 'elective' surgeries include cataracts, hips and knees which all have lengthy waiting lists and affect elderly pensioners who have no health insurance.

But on the other hand, if you are privately insured, you can see your doctor today, and have the surgery next week.