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    How much funding would ther program reasonably require? How deficient is the funding? How well will what they have offered cover the population?


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    Paul Grogan

    SoulmanZ: Latest independent estimates (MJA, Feb) says a gross annual investment of around $150m is required for full coverage of the program, but substantial offsets in hospital and PBS costs would reduce this to circa $50m per annum net over time. This is highly cost-effective. The current program is a one-off test for people turning 50, 55 and 65, instead of available to everyone 50 and over biennially as recommended by the NHMRC. That equates to around 5 million people who should be invited to screen missing out. So, while the budget funding is welcome, there is a clear case for bringing forward any plans for the program’s expansion. – Paul Grogan, Cancer Council Australia

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    Paul Grogan

    Please note error above. Net costs would require a $50m increase on current investment of circa $30m per annum. Net costs for the program long-term are estimated at around $80m p.a. Apologies for the error. PG


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