Nearly 37 Australian women are diagnosed with breast cancer each day, and with Pink Ribbon Day coming up on October 22, breast cancer survivors are put into the spotlight.
Medicare has provided over 50,000 women with over $20 million in reimbursements with the External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program which began in 2008.
Minister for human services senator Kim Carr is reminding Australian breast cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy about the reimbursement program from Medicare.
"Eligible women can receive reimbursements of up to $400 every two years for each new or replacement prosthesis," Mr Carr said.
Most Medicare service centres will be supporting the Pink Ribbon Day campaign throughout October, selling merchandise and taking donations. The money raised will be donated to support services, prevention programs and 'world-class' breast cancer research.
Breast Cancer survivor Kym was diagnosed with the disease in 2009 and found the reimbursement helped her in more ways than just financial.
"At an emotional level, it’s reassuring to know that comfort and survival after breast cancer is considered important enough to offer support," Kym said.
"The out-of-pocket expenses during my treatment were considerable. So the $400 reimbursement for a decent prosthesis was wonderful and very gratefully received."
Kym also added that the application process for the program was "very easy" and that the Medicare staff member was friendly and tactful.
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