When DVA clients have cancer or tuberculosis, we may cover the cost of their care.
We may cover a client's treatment costs when their doctor says they have 1 of the following diseases:
- cancer (malignant neoplasm)
- pulmonary tuberculosis
To qualify, they must have done 1 of the following:
- served in Australian forces during the Second World War
- performed operational service (including warlike and non-warlike service)
- performed peacekeeping, hazardous or British Nuclear Test defence service as defined in the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
- completed continuous full-time service (CFTS) for an unbroken 3 years between 7 December 1972 and 6 April 1994
- been engaged to perform CFTS for 3 years between 7 December 1972 and 6 April 1994 but then discharged (due to physical or mental incapacity)
- been a National Serviceman on 6 December 1972 and finished their period of service on or after 7 December 1972
Our clients do not have to prove that military service caused their cancer (malignant neoplasm) or pulmonary tuberculosis.
This is because we cover both diseases under our Non-Liability Health Care program.
However, they will need to show us proof of their diagnosis.
They can apply by filling in 1 of the following:
Their doctor or medical specialist must:
- confirm the diagnosis
- sign the application form
They may also need to prove their identity to us.
If we agree to cover a client, we will give them a Veteran White Card that says they can receive cancer or tuberculosis treatment.
If they already have a Veteran White Card, we will add cancer or tuberculosis treatment to it.
They can then seek treatment for their cancer or tuberculosis anywhere in Australia, but not overseas.
Call: 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)
Email: nlhc [at] dva.gov.au