New subsidy for Queenslanders following laryngectomies

The Palaszczuk Government will deliver Heat and Moisture Exchanger (HME) devices for Queenslanders who have had a laryngectomy.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said subsidies for the devices up to $5,000 per patient would be made available per year.

“There are more than 370 Queenslanders who have had a laryngectomy who need HMEs for their health and quality of life,” Mr Miles said.

“Clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of the devices and paying out of pocket for them is a significant pressure on many people.

“This investment by the Palaszczuk Government will go a long way towards helping people who have had laryngectomies live healthy and dignified lives.”

Mr Miles said the HMEs are consumable devices that cover the patient’s opening at the base of the neck following surgery.

“These devices are required long-term and it’s recommended by manufacturers the device is replaced daily,” he said.

“They warm, filter and humidify air and provide necessary protection for the lungs.

“A laryngectomy is a life-changing operation, but now all Queenslanders who have undergone this procedure will have access to this medical device.”

The Palaszczuk Government has committed $1.5 million per year for the devices, which will increase to $2.1 million over five years to meet projected demand.

The scheme will commence on 1 July 2019.

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