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Rebate Increase for Mastectomy Protheses

Jan 4, 2023 | 2:15 PM

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Nova Scotia patients that received a cancer related mastectomy or lumpectomy will receive financial help to cover the cost of their prothesis.

The rebate provides up to $300 per prosthesis every two years, an increase from $150 with a maximum total rebate of $600. For people that earn under $30,000 a year, the updated rebate provides up to $450 per prosthesis every two years. There is also a $75 rebate available for the purchase of a supporting bra, an increase from $40

“When Nova Scotians face cancer, the impact is not only medical but also financial.” says Heather Mulligan, The Manager of Advocacy for Atlantic Canada, Canadian Cancer Society. “The decision to use a breast prothesis is a very personal one, based on their feelings and other factors. Whether you can afford a prosthesis should not be one of those considerations. Today’s announcement will enhance access so that more Nova Scotians have choice in their cancer care.”

Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson says recovering from this treatment is a challenging time for many people and the Government wants to ensure patients feel supported and are not faced with financial burdens.


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