Home dialysis electricity concession
SA Health has announced a new electricity concession for patients with kidney disease that receive dialysis treatment at home.
From 1 January 2012 patients will receive $165 annually to contribute to the running cost of dialysis equipment at home.
The concession is part of SA Health’s commitment under the SA Health Care Plan 2010-2017 to ensure patients throughout South Australia have the opportunity access health care, where and when they need it.
Eligibility for concession
Any person undergoing dialysis treatment at home is eligible provided that the concession has been approved by a SA Health practitioner.
The electricity concession will complement existing concessions administered by the Government of South Australia and the Australian Government for the use of medical equipment at home.
How to apply
Applications for the electricity concession can be made through the renal unit where treatment is received. To claim the concession you will need to fill out a Dialysis Concession Application form (DOC 340KB) and a Vendor Creation/Amendment form (PDF 88KB). These forms are available from your renal unit.
The forms will need to be completed by you and your health practitioner and returned to your renal unit for processing.
Benefits of home dialysis
If you currently have dialysis treatment in public hospital or dialysis centre, home dialysis is an alternative treatment option that can provide you with more independence and flexibility. You will no longer have to plan activities around pre-determined appointments and can receive treatment in the comfort of your own home.
For further information please speak to your SA Health practitioner or refer to the Home dialysis electricity concession brochure (PDF 107KB)