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The first Masterclass of the 2016 Skin Cancer Conference and Masterclasses focused on diagnostics through dermoscopy. Three leading clinicians and researchers presented on three fundamental approaches to dermoscopy.
Giuseppi Argenziano from Italy led off with his perspectives using the Elephant Method. In essence, Geppi urges us to look at a lesion and almost in a “blink” simply use our instinct to decide if a lesion is benign or suspicious. Why Elephant? Well – you look at an elephant and it is obvious what it is. Do the same with a suspicious (likely malignant) lesion. This is a neat concept, but as Geppi says it does mean we need to look at plenty of lesions while we get used to this idea. After all you don’t know it is an elephant until you have seen one, been told that’s what it is, and seen animals that aren’t elephants!
The government has announced further fee cuts for healthcare services, and on this occasion with regards to pathology bulk billing, effective 1 July 2016. Over the last few years, the primary health care industry has suffered by a decrease in real payments due to frozen consult rebates, and for pathology this amounts to over 40 percent since 2000. Now, the government is introducing harmful pathology fee cuts. Continue reading “Campaign Against Government Pathology Fee Cuts”