Breast cancer patients with private health insurance paying thousands.

A new report has found that privately insured women with breast cancer are paying thousands in gap fees and other out-of-pocket expenses for their treatment.

The report by Deloitte Access and the Breast Cancer Network Australia surveyed more than 2,000 women with breast cancer last year and found their out-of-pocket costs varied considerably.

It found a quarter of patients paid more than $17,000 and some paid more than $21,000 in treatment costs.

Women with private health insurance paid almost twice as much as women in the public healthcare system.

Women without health insurance paid around $3,600 in out-of-pocket costs while women with private health insurance pay around $7,000 for treatment in the private health system.

Some women in the private health system reported out-of-pocket costs of more than $21,000. Read more… 

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