Explaining the costs of radiation therapy in Australia
There are several cost factors that patients and their families need to think about when choosing the best treatment provider for them. These include direct costs such as those covered by Medicare, and other costs like travel, parking, accommodation and any allied health care that may be required.
To help answer some frequently asked questions, Targeting Cancer provides a handy factsheet which includes a list of questions patients should ask their radiation therapy provider about the costs of treatment.
In addition to covering the range of costs that patients should consider, the factsheet also explains the Medicare Safety Net, Medicare contributions and arrangements for concession card holders.
The factsheet includes a handy list of questions that patients can take with them to their radiation therapy centre to talk through these considerations. Most radiation therapy centres have dedicated accounts staff available to discuss cost considerations with patients and their families.