November update: get treatment in more places
If you’ve tried to get Chemo at Home before but we didn’t have a provider near you, that’s changed.
We now have 90% of Australia covered with our new provider. It’s more convenient than ever, so read on for all the key info.
About Chemo at Home
Did you know that if you are covered on Peoplecare’s hospital cover for chemotherapy, you can get your chemo treatment at home? That’s a nice touch for what is a pretty disruptive treatment.
Our trusted providers provide a program called Chemo at Home. You can get the treatment you need (if it’s covered by Medicare) delivered in your home including:
- targeted cancer therapies
- targeted therapies for inflammatory bowel disease
What is chemotherapy?
Chemo destroys cancer cells using drugs, often by intravenous drip (IV) into a vein or tablets in some circumstances.
These services are often delivered in the hospital but with Chemo at Home, members may be eligible to be treated at home.
What is Chemo at Home?
Chemo at Home provides infusion treatments in your own home, most commonly, chemotherapy. Our expert providers can deliver other targeted therapies and support care to patients. All services are only considered on referral from oncologists or specialist treating doctors.
Benefits of Chemo at Home
- convenient service at reliable times for you
- attentive care
- less hassle
- maintain your independence
- less reliance on carers or childcare
- reduce your risk of contracting common hospital infections
save on expensive parking at hospitals
Who provides this service?
Our Chemo at Home providers use highly-skilled health professionals such as nurses and pharmacists and a 24-hour phone support to give you quality treatment at home.
You need to have already served your 12-month waiting period for pre-existing conditions to use this program. This means that if you want to use it in the first 12 months of having or upgrading cover, we’ll need to check with your doctors to make sure it’s not for a condition you already had. If it’s not a pre-existing condition, only the 2-month waiting period applies.
The same restrictions on your hospital cover apply to Hospital at Home services i.e. you won't be eligible to receive any Hospital at Home services for hospital treatments you're not covered for. The provider will let you know if there are any out-of-pocket fees – in most cases there are no costs!
Want to do Chemo at Home?*
You can get started through your oncologist if they think it’s a suitable option for you.