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More bad news for Aussie vaginas: the government now wants us to pay for pap smears

You know, those things that DETECT CERVICAL CANCER.

By Lorna Gray

Well hello 2016... The government are cutting bulk billing incentives and therefore now want Australian women to pay for pap smears.

Because smears were SO damn enjoyable before, they thought it'd be even better to have women fork out $30 for the pleasure. Lovely.

Oh, and they’re also cutting bulk billing incentives for MRI's, urine/blood tests, X-rays and ultrasounds.

Snark aside, pap smears are a potentially life-saving and very necessary service so seriously guys, what the actual fuck?

Australians are (quite rightly) outraged and a Change.org petition has been started already, addressed to Health Minister, Sussan Ley. It's garnered over 29k signatures at time of writing.

The petition reads:

“These cuts are unfair to the average Australian, but will especially hurt women. Free and accessible pathology tests are key to ensuring early detection of cervical cancer, STI's, UTI's and pregnancy. Late detection will lead to MORE cost to the taxpayer in the long run. These essential services are a backbone of our world class healthcare system.”

The measures are set to save the Government $650 million but health groups are warning that it might stop people getting these necessary tests done at all.

Which we totally get. Getting your cervix scraped by a stranger is nobody's idea of fun times as it is.

The petition is already gathering serious momentum but if the cuts go ahead, we could be paying for our paps as soon as July.

We guess it’s not enough that we’re already taxed for the ‘luxury items’ that are tampons, right?!

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