Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
When a family has a child with a disability most people assume their family receives Carer payments or other forms of government assistance however it has been found with Congenital heart disease this is not the case.

Heart kids Australia states that there are over 30,000 children currently in Australia with a congenital heart defect (CHD), of these 30,000 children only a small percentage are eligible for assistance as their disability may fit into another category such as a syndrome.

The legislation outlining eligibility guidelines for carer allowance states that a child must have a listed "recognised disability" or have a rating of intense to be eligible. For a child with a CHD this must mean a child is awaiting heart transplantation in order to receive Carer allowance. Families with a child suffering a CHD often have high medical costs including the costs of medications, hospital stays, transport to doctors and doctors fees.

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in Australia but the government is yet to recognise them as a disability. Without this financial help many families are forced to go without other basic needs  or to borrow money from family and friends in order to meet their medical expenses. Many CHD'S cannot be cured and patients face a lifetime of medical intervention.

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