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posted by dasuat
08 April 2022

Breast Cancer Health Insurance

Last reply: 5 months ago
Hi, I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. First chemo session last week. My question is, is there anyone who can advise on health insurance other than the insurance company? I have been public so far and it has been excellent. I have private insurance but I don’t really understand how it works and when I rang the insurer, they were very vague in answering my questions. I wanted to know if I was covered to be treated privately and they kept coming out with things like- well you can choose to see your consultant privately in the public hospital. After much pressing (and I tears) they said I was covered). I am happy to go public but not if it gets my insurance company off the hook and ends up costing the tax payer! I just want clear answers. I find it disgraceful that they were not more straight with me! When I went for my first breast check I clicked the “have insurance” box and just assumed whatever cover I had would kick in! Obviously not. I am wrecked from chemo but this is niggling at me. Any advice? Thanks
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posted by Caroline F
04 March 2022

House Cleaning

Last reply: 6 months ago
Hi all, I'm new to this .Hope you all doing well. I am considering getting a cleaner for general house cleaning as I just can't get it done. I'm finding that it would work out expensive even fortnightly . Just wondering if anyone has used a cleaner and the cost please? Thank you in advance
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posted by rubiablanch
09 November 2021

Finance

Last reply: 9 months ago
Hi there Aswell as having metastatic cancer i’m also concerned about money. Any policies I have are for when I die but I need it more for while I’m still here. Has anyone been given good advice on this? Thanks so much x
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posted by roda
17 April 2021

Medical Appt and time off work

Last reply: 1 year ago
I have an oncology related appointment next week. My employer does not pay sick pay which I know and understand. I want to take the day as unpaid sick leave. However, thay are insisting that I work another day instead. Is that legal?
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posted by ladybird
06 August 2020

Medical card

Last reply: 2 years ago
Can u apply for a discretionary medical after been diagnosed. Is it means tested
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posted by aoibh92
07 July 2020

How do I find out if my health insurance covers further treatment if required or should I wait or public appointment?

Hi, I am 27 and noticed a small lump in my breast in May. On the 17th of June I saw my GP as the lump had grown. She referred me to the Breast Clinic and marked my referral as urgent and said that I should be seen within 2 weeks usually, but it may take a little longer with Covid etc. I rang the clinic last week, 2 weeks after having been referred, as I still had no appointment and they weren't able to tell me when I would get one. I am worried about this lump so I rang the GP again and asked if she could refer me privately, which she did on the 2nd of July. I now have an appointment for the 15th of July privately and still have no public appointment. I am trying to figure out the following: - If I attend the consultant privately does that mean that if I require further treatment after the initial visit it would all be done privately? - If so how do I go about figuring out what my insurance would cover or not? Any advice very much appreciated, Aoibh
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posted by ClaireLonergan
04 September 2019

Wigs - free to a good home

Last reply: 3 years ago
Hi, I’m thankfully finished my active treatment and no longer need my wigs. I have 2, both blonde. One is a bob and one is longer. The short one is great quality. The long one is t as good but still looks nice styled. I’d like someone who needs them to get them. I also have a stand, brush and some shampoo and conditioner left over. Let me know if interested and I can arrange to provide pictures if you’d like. Claire.
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posted by Irish Cancer Society
28 March 2012

Managing Money

Last reply: 3 years ago
If you’re having financial difficulties after being diagnosed with cancer, we have a list of useful resources and more information on our Financial Aid Scheme. See http://www.cancer.ie/how-we-can-help/co ... ging-money You can also download the Irish Cancer Societies “Social Welfare Support” booklet and the SEAI “Keeping Well and Warm” booklet. The Irish Cancer Society also administers the Travel2Care scheme on behalf of the National Cancer Control Programme. For more information see http://www.cancer.ie/how-we-can-help/tr ... assistance.
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posted by fridgemagnet
13 July 2018

Dealing with the authorities after death of my wife.

Last reply: 4 years ago
I'm depressed after the death of my wife from lung cancer. She survived the cancer, but never recovered from the treatment, and was bedridden for a couple of years, before dying. We were separated, she living in the UK, me in Ireland. Helping her out, and, in the end, burying her, was difficult, as the Irish part of my pension (I'm 70) is non-contributory, so I am allowed only 2 weeks a year out of the country. I have exceeded this allowance, and am now up for a pension review. To make matters more wearing, my youngest daughter (27 yrs) is mentally ill, and very difficult, and now needs my help, but I am already over my allowed 2 weeks. My question is - is there any organisation that can help me with the relevant authorities?
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posted by Rufus
30 June 2018

How do you actually GET a diagnosis? I'm stonewalled !

Last reply: 4 years ago
Have symptoms whch could indicate several types of cancer. Co-operative GP (a Godsend !) referrem to an Oncologist, who apparently will not see me UNLESS I have already BEEN diagnosed with cancer - so WHERE do we go from here? I am being pushed around in circles. Is there a moratorium or numerial limit on cabcer diagnoses in Ireland; an age limit, restrictions because of where you live, what type you've got or whatever?
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