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What is the cost of cancer?
There are many different types of costs that can add up during diagnosis, treatment and recovery. These will vary depending on cancer type, stage and treatment options, and whether you have treatment as a public or private patient.
Out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients can range from a few hundred dollars to more than $10,000. These may include:
- general practitioner (GP) and specialist gap payments
- scans or tests outside the public health system
- day surgery, hospital accommodation or operating theatre fees
- over-the-counter and prescription medicines and dressings
- medical appliances and devices such as breast prostheses or compression garments
- visits to allied health professionals (e.g. physiotherapist, dietitian) and complementary therapists (e.g. acupuncturist, aromatherapist)
- travel, parking and accommodation
- child care and home help.
At a time when you need to focus on your treatment and recovery, these costs can be a source of stress and worry. At the same time, cancer may mean a loss of income if you or your carer has to take time off work.
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Rania Tannous, Head of Legal, Corporate, Legal and Governance, AMP; Patricia Troll, Senior Legal Counsel, AMP Financial Services Legal, Legal and Governance, AMP; Lynette Brailey, Program Coordinator, Financial Assistance Service, Cancer Council NSW; Stephen Bray, Financial Planner, FM Financial, TAS; Angela Daly, Senior Social Worker, Cancer Services, The Adem Crosby Centre, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, QLD; Sandra Hodge, Consumer; Sandi Johnson, Consumer; Antony Mitchell, Financial Counsellor, Financial Counselling Program, Cancer Council VIC; Lucy Pollerd, Social Worker, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Heather Richards, Consumer; Deb Roffe, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council SA.
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