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7th September 2015

New deadline announced by Welsh Government for Continuing Healthcare claims

The Welsh Goverment has today announced a new deadline for those who wish to retrospectively claim back the costs of healthcare they paid for themselves – if they think this should have been provided by the NHS.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: “There are occasions when people need long-term care to help them cope with an illness or disability. Some people will have paid for that care themselves when it should have been provided by the NHS.

“This is why we are calling for those people or their relatives to come forward so we can review whether their care costs should have been paid for by the NHS. If this is the case, those costs will be reimbursed."

The new deadline for potential claimants to make known their intent to claim back costs retrospectively is October 1, 2015.

What care can you make a claim for?

  • CHC is a package of care provided by the NHS for people with complex and primarily health-based needs. This can be provided in a care home or an individual’s own home.
  • Under new arrangements for making retrospective claims for continuing healthcare, potential claimants have until October 1 to register their intent to make a claim for continuing healthcare costs which were incurred between August 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.
  • If people, or their families, believe they meet the criteria for having their care paid for via continuing healthcare but they paid for the care themselves they should come forward to make a claim.

For full details please check the Welsh Government Website

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