What is the breast prosthesis service payment?
It is a payment to people who have undergone a partial or full mastectomy, either unilateral or bilateral, and/or have undergone a lumpectomy, have congenital needs or have undergone reconstructive surgery, as specified by a specialist or general practitioner (GP). They payments are to reduce the cost of purchasing Breast Prosthesis or prostheses and other related products. The Ministry of Health will pay this service payment to either claimant or the supplier of the product.
Who can claim this service payment?
You may claim for this service payment if you:
How much can I claim?
Your entitlement is $613.33 incl GST per side, for a four year period. You may claim any amount up to the total amount of $616.33 (or $1226.66 incl GST for bilateral) at any time during the four year entitlement period.
Note: The entitlement period begins on the date you make your first purchase from a supplier and ends four years from this date.
In addition to this:
You may apply to the Ministry of Health for an additional entitlement if your existing entitlement is insufficient because either:
Disability Services Directorate
Ministry of Health
P O Box 5013
What can I use the service payment for?
The service payment is available to cover the cost of the following items only: