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Australians Locked Out Of NDIS Because They Declined Invasive Surgery, Advocate Finds
Thursday 11 July 2019
Australians locked out of NDIS because they declined invasive surgery, advocate finds
Man with chronic back pain rejected after declining operation his doctor said had only 50% chance of success
Australians are being denied access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme because they have declined to undergo invasive surgery or take psychiatric drugs.
Under NDIS rules, a person must have a permanent condition and there must be no “appropriate evidence-based clinical, medical or other treatments” available that would be likely cure their condition.
Administrative appeals tribunal decisions reveal cases where claimants were rejected despite having what one advocate described as “reasonable” causes to decline treatment.
Allie, who asked for her surname to be withheld, now has access to the scheme. But not before what she described as a “24-month ordeal”.
“One of my previous specialists had mentioned putting me onto Ritalin,” she told Guardian Australia. “I had refused to take that because it wasn’t a drug that had proven effectiveness in chronic fatigue syndrome.
“The assessor basically cherry-picked that out of a report as a reason for denying me access.”
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