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Authors: Chapman, Stephen; Robinson, Grace; Stradling, John; West, Sophie Title: Oxford Handbook of Respiratory Medicine, 1st Edition Copyright ©2005 Oxford University Press > Table of Contents > Part 3 – Supportive care > Chapter 60 – Patient financial entitlements Chapter 60 Patient financial entitlements P.654
Patient financial entitlements Patients with chronic lung disease and their carers may be eligible for financial support. There are a large number of potential benefits that can be claimed for, and the process is often time-consuming and complicated. The best sources of information are

  • Benefits Enquiry Line 0800 882200 (0800 220674 in Northern Ireland)
  • Website http://www.dwp.gov.uk. Forms can also be completed on line
  • The Citizens Advice Bureau http://www.nacab.org.uk
  • The ward social worker is usually a good source of information.

Patients who are unable to work may be eligible for: Statutory sick pay (SSP) A doctor’s certificate is usually required for more than one week’s sick pay. New rules now make the doctor’s certificate the responsibility of the hospital consultant under whom the patient was admitted, and should be completed on discharge, to cover the advised period off work. This also applies to patients needing time off work, and not admitted to hospital. Nursing staff usually complete the forms for the period during which the patient was in hospital. Incapacity benefit is more complicated and is paid to people not eligible for SSP. It runs for up to a year. After 196 days (the first period is usually covered by a medical certificate) the patient may have to pass a personal capability assessment to show they are incapable of work. Severe disablement allowance Income-related benefit Benefit for the extra cost of disability Disabled persons tax credit (DPTC). This is not a benefit as such, but a tax credit from the Inland Revenue (paid in addition to benefits). Severe disablement allowance if a test of 80% disablement is passed. Disability allowance or attendance allowance are benefits for the extra costs of disability. Costs for care needs and mobility needs Industrial diseases disablement benefit. See pneumoconiosis page 480 and asbestosis page 328. Reduced earning allowance Constant attendance allowance Form DS1500, the ‘special rules form’, is for more urgent benefits for patients with a terminal illness, in whom life expectancy is not expected to exceed 6 months. Patients with a terminal illness can also usually claim attendance allowance, incapacity benefit, and disabled living allowance under ‘special rules’. This means that the claim is processed faster, and that higher rates of payment of allowances can be paid from the start. P.655
Further information There are a number of charities who give grants/aid towards the cost of buying equipment. http://www.charitiesdirect.com http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk

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