Do you have a terminally ill patient?
15 July 2020
We’ve developed a new process so you can support a terminally ill patient claim Disability Support Pension (DSP).
The DSP is financial help for people with a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition.
If your patient has a terminal illness they may be able to get DSP if:
- the average life expectancy of a person with the same illness is less than 2 years
- they meet the DSP non-medical rules.
Our new streamlined process uses paper forms. It aims to help terminally ill patients claim DSP if they’re having difficulty either:
- claiming online because they’re currently hospitalised, undergoing extensive treatment or in palliative care
- providing current medical evidence showing their diagnosis and prognosis.
You may be asked to complete the Verification of terminal illness section in the Claim for Disability Support Pension for a Terminal Illness.
Alternatively, you can now download and complete the Verification of terminal illness form.
While using the Verification form is optional, it’ll help us understand your patient’s circumstances better.
This form allows us to assess your patient’s claim faster. It also reduces the need to:
- ask your patient for additional medical evidence
- contact you to clarify the medical evidence provided.
We may still need to speak with you about your patient’s condition. If we do, we may be able to pay you for these consultations.
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Page last updated: 15 July 2020
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