The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation (QBCF) welcomes the Government of Quebec's initiative to fully reimburse external breast prostheses for women who have undergone a total or partial mastectomy.
"This is a step in the right direction. This shows consideration for women affected by breast cancer.", says Jida El Hajjar, Vice-President of Investment and Health Promotion at the QBCF.
Over a 24-month period, the amount refunded will be $425 per prosthesis for a total ablation and $250 per prosthesis for a partial mastectomy.
The QBCF offers a financial assistance program to support women affected during treatment as well as during their convalescence. This program already includes, since several years, a section for external breast prosthesis claims.
This announcement re-emphasizes the importance of supporting women affected. Financial insecurity is a substantial reality when one is diagnosed with breast cancer.
"This enhancement to the reimbursement program will allow women like me who have had a mastectomy to feel beautiful and whole again. This will help us regain our self-esteem. ", said Franca Palermo, Ambassador at the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.
Moreover, although this is excellent news for those concerned, the fact remains that it is only the beginning and the QBCF is seizing the opportunity to put forward the issue of the 15 weeks refundable to the Employment Insurance.
Considering that treatments generally extend beyond 15 weeks, and again, the issue of convalescence has not been addressed, it is important to rethink the system and review the number of weeks payable to claimants in order to free people with this financial concern that should not be present when the diagnosis strikes.
About the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation
The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is the only philanthropic organization whose research investments in the fight against breast cancer are exclusively made here in Quebec. Funds raised by the Foundation are also invested to support innovation, awareness and education.