The Australian Government provides a reimbursement of up to $400 for each new or replacement external breast prosthesis for women who have had breast surgery as a result of breast cancer. This applies to women who have had either a mastectomy, lumpectomy or breast conserving surgery. No timeframes apply on when the breast surgery was performed. To claim the reimbursement, your prosthesis must have been purchased after July 2008. You can claim the reimbursement every 2 years from the date of your last purchase.
Should you require a new prosthesis within the 2 year period, you can only claim for a replacement if it is for a medical reason.
Breast Care Victoria will assist you to complete External Breast Prosthesis Reimbursement Program form and will email the completed form and receipt to EBPR for you. You will be copied in email. Click on the Medicare logo below for more information.