My parents have spent years trying to make sure their daughter has access to Pap tests, and Pap smears.
But despite the money they’ve spent to help pay for the tests, the doctor has refused to perform the procedure, and the family has had to wait months for the test results.
“We’ve been through four tests and I still haven’t received my results,” said Tessa, her mother and father.
“We’ve got a history of cervical cancer, and this isn’t the first time we’ve been told we can’t go forward.
We don’t have a choice.
My parents are so worried, and they’re going to get their test results,” added their 11-year-old daughter, Zara.
“There’s no way they can do this without my permission.
I don’t know if we can do anything about it.”
The couple’s story is not unique.
A growing number of Australians are struggling to access the tests they need to protect their health, even if their insurance doesn’t cover them.
“I’ve had a lot of people say they can’t afford to go to a doctor,” said Sarah, a GP in Adelaide.
“I think it’s just the cost of living, and when it’s not the same as in New York or Los Angeles, it’s a little harder to get an appointment.”
Sarah and her partner decided to go into business together to help people like them get access to the tests that their insurance might not cover.
They’ve started a clinic in South Australia to offer Pap smearing tests to people who are currently underinsured and have no insurance.
“If you have a pre-existing condition, we’ve got tests that will tell you how much your body needs to take in to be healthy,” Sarah said.
“They’re the kind of tests that are cheap and free, so it can be a little bit easier for people.”
They’ve also created a Facebook group for Pap smear groups, where members can get in touch with other people who’ve had to make difficult decisions about health insurance.
But it’s only been a few months since they started their operation, and while they are working to get the clinic up and running, they are still struggling.
“It’s a lot easier to just go to the clinic, and have the results come back,” said the mother.
“It’s definitely not something that’s happening too often, but for people like us, it does happen.
It’s just hard to get over that.”‘
It’s not something we can afford’In the meantime, Tessa and her parents are now spending their time and money trying to figure out how to pay for their daughter’s tests.
They are also considering taking the test themselves and taking it on a smaller scale.
“A lot of times, we don’t want to do it ourselves because we don.
We’ve had conversations with a lot people who have said, ‘I don’t think I’ll do it,'” Tessa said.”
There are also a lot more doctors that don’t give Pap smases, and we’re definitely not a big number of people in the community that have this option.”
Sarah said the fact they are now unable to get Pap tests has left them with little option but to resort to using a medical professional to do the testing for them.
For now, she and her husband are working with a doctor in South Africa to try and get Pap smeared tests performed in Australia.
“The reason why we’re doing this is because we want to be able to do Pap smarts ourselves, and then get it done in the States,” she said.
The couple are hoping to launch their clinic in the near future, and are also planning to expand their services to cover Pap smiths in other parts of the world.
“This is our first year doing this, so we have a lot to learn about the medical system in Australia,” Sarah added.
“Our biggest challenge is going to be getting access to insurance.”
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