The Federal Government will roll-out a program that will help cancer survivors with the cost of new and replacement breast prostheses.
The medical community today welcomed the long-awaited announcement. AMA President, Dr Rosanna Capolingua, said the AMA had been concerned for patients and their ability to afford breast prostheses.
“Up until now, women with breast cancer in different States of Australia received differing levels of support for breast prostheses. In some States, the support has been low, making it very difficult for a woman who has had a mastectomy from breast cancer to manage that part of her recovery,” she said.
“This program will make a significant difference to the quality of life of many breast cancer survivors,” she said. “The Government has recognised this need and this financial support is most welcome.”
Dr Capolingua said doctors would be able to provide patients, who have undergone a mastectomy, with consistent advice and information on how they can get guaranteed assistance with the cost of breast prostheses.
“Doctors welcome this excellent program for patients. Women will now be able to access up to $400 towards the cost of breast prosthesis through a quick and easy national system. They can also claim replacement prostheses every two years,” she said.