The Federal Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) has determined there is “currently insufficient evidence to recommend public funding of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for the assessment of macular disease.”
OCT forms an essential part of the assessment of patients with Wet MD and has been used in clinical practice in Australia for over five years. It is an important diagnostic tool that provides high-resolution imaging of the retina and is used all over the world and accepted as a standard and necessary test.
Many macular degeneration clients are affected by the decision not to fund OCT. The Foundation has available a standard letter for you to simply sign and send to the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing about the need for OCT funding. To download a copy of the letter, please click here.
24 July 2009