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 provider, View Health, provides 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.
Benefits of Chemo at Home
- convenient service at reliable times for you
- less disruption to your life
- less chance of contracting common hospital infections
- no need for you or your family to pay for expensive parking at hospitals
Who provides this service?
Chemo at Home is an Australian company founded by two health professionals, Julie Adams and Lorna Cook. Julie had the skills to treat her dad for cancer at his home during his emphysema before services at home were available. She later managed a chemotherapy service in the public sector for more than a decade. Lorna, a Registered Nurse with a decade of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry later joined Julie to create Chemo at Home.
Chemo at Home uses 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.