External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program

Help with the cost of an external breast prosthesis after breast cancer surgery. You can get up to a maximum of $400 for each prosthesis.

Eligibility basics

  • you’re enrolled in Medicare
  • you’ve had breast surgery as a result of breast cancer
  • you haven’t purchased and claimed under this program in the past 2 years

Eligibility & payment rates

Who can get money back

To get a reimbursement under this program you must be enrolled in Medicare and have had breast surgery as a result of breast cancer.

Read more about who can get money back

How much you can get back

You can claim a reimbursement of up to $400 for an external breast prosthesis for each breast.

Read more about how much reimbursement you can get

What are the time limits for claiming a reimbursement

You can claim for prostheses you bought after 1 July 2008 even if you had your breast surgery before then.

Read more about time limits


Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim.


  • find out what you need before you start your claim
  • start your claim
  • submit your claim
  • wait for us to assess your claim and tell you the results



Other breast cancer information

There are other breast cancer support services to help you.

Read more about breast cancer support services

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Page last updated: 13 December 2017