ERIC Number: EJ779449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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Access to Breast Prostheses via a Government-Funded Service in Victoria, Australia: Experience of Women and Service Providers
Livingston, Patricia M.; White, Victoria; Roberts, Susan; Pritchard, Emma; Gibbs, Anne; Hill, David J.
Evaluation Review, v27 n5 p563-578 2003
For many women, the only alternative to breast reconstruction following a mastectomy is to use external prostheses, which need replacing regularly at a cost of up to $395 per prosthesis. Commonwealth and state governments across Australia have responded to this need by providing subsidies to assist in the purchase of breast prostheses. However, current arrangements have been highly variable and sometimes difficult to access. As part of a larger review of breast prosthesis services in Victoria, Australia, the aim of this research was to evaluate client satisfaction among Victorian women who accessed funds through the State Government's Aids and Equipment Program, compare the responses of the program service providers with the experiences of clients accessing funding, and identify opportunities to improve service provision.
Descriptors: Females, Foreign Countries, Surgery, Cancer, Assistive Technology, Access to Health Care, Satisfaction, Financial Support, Health Care Costs, Delivery Systems, Federal Aid
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Australia