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Financial support in palliative care

Several schemes are available to help people with the financial impact of long-term health conditions. They include schemes that your GP can access as well as the Disability Allowance for adults and Disability Allowance for children.

You may also be eligible for mobility parking or the half-price taxi fare scheme. As well, the National Travel Assistance Scheme helps people financially who are referred by their specialist to see another specialist, and need to travel long distances or travel often.

Some specific help is also available for people receiving palliative care.

End of life care funding

This subsidy is available to people who are dying from any condition. It covers most of the cost of that person's general practice team visits for the last few months of their life. If you are eligible, your doctor will apply for this subsidy on your behalf.

SupportCare (end-of-life) funding

The SupportCare (end-of-life) funding is provided by the Canterbury DHB. It is available for people who:

This funding can be used for up to three months, and is for care in a hospital or for hospital-level care provided at home.

Only a hospital specialist can apply for this funding. They will assess patients, with the help of a social worker or needs assessor, and other health professionals.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Canterbury DHB and community palliative care specialists. Page created May 2017.

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