Learning to navigate the health care system can sometimes be an overwhelming and intimidating task. You will meet many specialists in different locations for a variety of appointments that might include assessments, fittings, tests, consultations and reviews. While all of these activities are important to ensure that your child is receiving the best possible care, sometimes determining costs (if any) can lead to stress and frustration. Sometimes there will be no cost, initial out-of-pocket costs, reimbursements or gaps.
The funding of prostheses, and other aids and equipment, is a concern for most parents of a child with limb difference. The vast majority of children will receive devices through public health system funding.
If limb loss was the result of certain accidents it may be that a third party is responsible. In that case compensation may be sought through legal proceedings using a solicitor. It is important to remember that in some cases legal proceedings can take a considerable amount of time.
If you aren’t sure about funding or costs always ask your healthcare team. It is also important to know in advance if there will be any costs prior to making appointments. If you are not sure whether there will be a cost be sure to ask before attending. Learning how the healthcare system works can be confusing, regardless of how practiced you are – so it is good to find out as much as you can before you enter this new world.
This section of the Learning Centre explores appointment types and costs, prosthetic limb funding, state limb schemes, government assistance your family might be entitled to, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and provides links to companies who manufacture prosthetic limbs for children.