Fast forward - 1 May 2012

TEN years ago Osteoporosis Australia (OA) was calling for a dedicated osteoporosis GP in every division of general practice, and bone mineral density (BMD) test rebates for everyone older than 65.

The proposal, put to the Medicare Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) in 2002, also called for pharmacotherapy to be subsidised for prevention and for “first fracture” clinics at hospitals.

Reimbursement for DXA scans for people older than 70 and at high risk of secondary osteoporosis was announced in 2006, and now BMD tests are rebatable for

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