What financial assistance is available to help manage the cost of incontinence products?
The Australian Government provides various forms of funding to assist with the purchase of health care products, including with the costs of incontinence products. There are many national and state based funding schemes, each holds its own eligibility criteria and funding allocations. Funding assistance is open to all Australian citizens who meet the eligibility criteria. You may even be eligible to apply for assistance through several schemes. Here we’ve summarised the various options available across Australia.
National Funding Schemes
1) National Disability Insurance Scheme & Consumable Incontinence products (NDIS)
Supporting eligible Australians with a significant or permanent disability, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is used to help its participants to identify and achieve goals. There are many support categories within the NDIS, including Core Supports which offers the option to purchase NDIS consumables such as incontinence products and aids.
2) Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS)
Developed by the Australian Government as a means to assist those with the financial costs associated with severe or permanent incontinence needs.
3) Home Care Package (HCP)
My Aged Care is an Australian Government scheme aimed to support senior Australians to live independently in their own home for as long as it is safe and appropriate to do so by addressing your care needs and goals through the Home Care Package Program.
4) SWEP VICTORIA
The Victoria State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP) provides a subsidy to improve the lives of Victorian people who either have a permanent or long-term disability or are frail aged with a subsidy towards the cost of Incontinence Aids, Assistive Technology (AT) items and home modifications.
Other Funding Help For Continence Care
Dependent on your needs, you may be eligible for financial assistance through one of the additional funding schemes available.