Aseptic and septic patients are treated differently depending on their age, gender and race.
But the Australian government says it will allow sterilization of the elderly in a single-doctor approach in order to provide more equitable treatment.
The Australian Medical Association says the policy is needed in order for Australians to live longer and avoid a further increase in mortality.
The AMA said it would allow people aged over 65 to have the procedure.
It’s not an immediate option, however, as the country is still dealing with an outbreak of septicemia that has claimed more than 100 lives.
Health Minister Michaelia Cash said she wants to see the new policy implemented across Australia in order “to protect the health of all Australians, and to save lives.”
The policy comes as a report in the Sydney Morning Herald revealed that in Queensland, an elderly couple were forced to sterilise their newborn because of fears of the infection.
Australian media have also reported on the case of a patient who had his testicles removed because of his genetic ancestry.
“I’m pretty shocked,” the patient told the newspaper.
“When I got home, I was horrified to see my testicles gone.
I just felt really bad about it.”
Australia’s oldest doctor has called for the sterilization policy to be scrapped Dr James Whitehead, who is 83 and has been in the practice for 27 years, said he was appalled by the comments from Health Minister Cash and the Australian Medical Assn.
Dr Whitehead told ABC Radio Melbourne that while the sterilizations were being done to ensure the health and well-being of the patients, they should not be carried out at the expense of the other patients.
A septic patient in a wheelchair Aseptic adults need surgery to remove a blood clot in their abdomen.
However, Dr Whitehead said the process should not take longer than 30 minutes.
He said the elderly and the disabled should have the option to choose the procedure and that the public should not suffer.
Australia has a long history of sterilizing elderly people.
In 1857, the British government launched a programme that would remove the fetuses of women who died in childbirth.
More than 200 sterilizations have taken place since then, including of the mothers of women in the civil war period and those from the mid-19th century.
It was in 1901 that Australia’s oldest doctors were forced by the Government to remove the testicles of a newlyweds couple, because of concerns that the fetus could have the virus that caused septicemic diseases.
The couple’s son died after contracting the virus.
But Dr Whiteout said the procedure was necessary to provide a better healthcare service to the older population.
Australians can be sterilized by doctors and surgeons in a doctor-patient relationship if both are over 60 and are comfortable with the risk.
Many countries, such as the US, have similar policies and have been used in the past to control the spread of the disease.
(AP) An ABC News report in June said Australian doctors have also sterilized people in a physician-patient partnership to reduce mortality rates and reduce the spread in cases.
An analysis of the sterilized women’s data revealed that more than one-third had experienced at least one case of sepsis.
At the time, Dr Cash said the decision was based on their personal preference.
According to the Government’s latest figures, more than 3,000 Australians have died from sepsias in the last decade.
This story was originally published by ABC News.