Are you out of pocket?

Laura Crowden's picture
Posted by Laura Crowden in BCNA, on 30 Jul 2014, 11:59AM

As you may have seen, there has been significant media interest lately in to out-of-pocket expenses incurred via the private health system.

Have you incurred significant out of pocket costs after your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment?  Please share your story below.

For those based in the Greater Sydney area, we have been approached by Channel 9 News in Sydney who are looking for a local women with significant out of pocket costs (i.e. tens of thousands of dollars) due to private breast cancer surgery and treatment.

If this sounds like you and you are happy to share your story, please comment below or send an email to

BCNA member and Community Liaison Tracey Ryan recently shared her story via News Limited. Tracey went through the private system has incurred over $60,000 in out of pocket costs related to her breast cancer diagnosis. You can read her story online.


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Out of Pocket Expenses

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I have been living with breast cancer for 8 years and thus far are $50K out of pocket.  The biggest expense has been $15K for Kadcyla drug which is not on the PBS this year.   


Fortunately the phamaceutical company has a compassionate fund so I was only up for the first 3 doses, however when you are no longer working it was still a lot of money to find.   


I am now finding that as I keep surviving well, I am now getting some long term affects from the treatments I have had over the years which will bring in new specialists to look after me, therefore I am expecting my out of pockets to increase hereonin.

Karen Cowley

Thank you Karen

Laura Crowden's picture

Hi Karen,Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. This issue isn't going away and hopefully will recieve some more media attention in the near future. I will definitely keep you in mind for any future media requests we have.

Cheers, Laura


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