Overseas-born women put through hoops, deterred from ‘delight’ of mammography

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Overseas-born women put through hoops, deterred from ‘delight’ of mammography

Virginia
McMillan
Brad Pitt
Mammography is not ex­actly an afternoon of delight with Brad Pitt
Women are being put off mam­mography because screening providers won’t accept they are eligible for publicly funded healthcare. Christchu

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If you say you were born in New Zealand Breast Screen South does not ask for further proof and you can have a free screening mammogram, assuming you fit the criteria. If you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and were not born in New Zealand you can't have an appointment until you fax or email proof of citizenship or residence. Both groups of women are entitled to publicly funded healthcare. That is is discrimination on the grounds of ethnic or national origin according to s.19 of the New Zealand Bil of Rights Act and s.21(g) of the Human Rights Act.

If everyone had to provide proof of eligibility it wouldn't be discriminatory.