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Questions to ask about practical aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis

Listed below are some questions that may be helpful when discussing practical support during treatment for breast cancer.

  • What will the treatment you are recommending cost?
  • Will I need to have time off work?
  • If I take time off work, how do I apply for temporary income support?
  • Will I need to travel for treatment?
  • Am I eligible for help with travel and accommodation costs?
  • How can I find out about help with childcare while I’m being treated?
  • How can I find out about home help while I am being treated?
  • How can I find out about counselling or psychological support?
  • How can I find out about help with the costs of prostheses or wigs?

Listed below are some questions that might be useful to ask a health fund about treatment costs during treatment for breast cancer.

  • Which treatments are covered by my insurance?
  • Which treatments are not covered by my insurance?
  • Does my insurance cover other services, such as the cost of breast prostheses or wigs?
  • If I claim for a particular treatment now, does that affect what treatments I can claim for later?
  • What’s the gap between the cost of treatment and the private medical insurance rebate?