Patients who have significant underarm sweating can be eligible for a Medicare and PBS subsidy for sweat stopping treatments injections.

Sweat stopping treatments are subsidised Medicare and PBS

miraDry is a permanent solution for your sweating, but did you know that temporary anti-sweat treatments are available for your underarm sweating? Patients who have significant underarm sweating can be eligible for a Medicare and PBS subsidy for sweat stopping treatments injections. Unlike miraDry treatment, sweat stopping treatments works by blocking the signal to sweat. Each treatment takes less than 90 seconds to perform and can last up to 6 months. If excessive sweating bothers your professional or social life and affects your confidence, this temporary treatment can turn your life around.

The PBS and Medicare subsidy for underarm sweaters

This subsidy was granted in 2012 for suffers of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis- namely, sweat stopping treatments is only subsidised for underarms. Unfortunately there is no subsidy for patients who suffer from sweaty hands or feet. Certain criteria must be fulfilled to enable patients to benefit from the sweat free rebate, including -

  1. Sweating must be severe - namely if it affects your clothing, or if it affects your confidence levels. Sweating may impact your life, namely it my limit your choice of colours you wear, or in professional and or social situations.
  2. You fail to respond to Driclor. Driclor is great for mild sweaters, but chances are, if you are reading this paragraph you are a severe sweater and Driclor may give you a rash, or simply doesn't work!
  3. The sweat stopping treatments procedure must be performed by an accredited injector-Specialist trained in the management of treating axillary hyperhidrosis.

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How much is sweat stopping treatments compared to the miraDry treatment?

Sweat stopping treatments for excessive sweating under the Medicare and PBS scheme are subsidised. This treatment is extremely effective, however last between 3-6 months. Most patients will need to have this procedure repeated at least 2-3 times per year. miraDry cost $3,695 for the treatment course and never needs to be retreated. miraDry is not subsidised on Medicare, and chances are will never be. The best solution for you will depend on many factors including how well you respond to sweat stopping treatments, how long it lasts, your will to invest in either a temporary or permanent sweat solution and of course your financial situation. Our Specialists can guide you as to the correct decision.

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