Cover for cancer and tuberculosis care

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When DVA clients have cancer or tuberculosis, we may cover the cost of their care.

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Check whether we will cover costs

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
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What proof a client needs

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.

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If we decide to cover a client

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.

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Contact us

Call: 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)

Email: nlhc [at]

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