The Marie Keating Foundation hopes to lessen the financial burden associated with a cancer diagnosis and has been doing this through its comfort fund service since 2004.
Each year, a limited budget is allocated to the service.
Each application is assessed on an individual basis. It takes a minimum of 21 days to process an application and occasionally it may take longer.
Please read this criteria before completing and submitting the online application form. An application that does not meet the criteria will be rejected.
What is the Comfort Fund Service?
It provides financial assistance to adults with a cancer diagnosis who are receiving treatment at the time the application is submitted and who find themselves in financial difficulty as a result. The fund is for patients living in the Republic of Ireland Children under the age of 18 and on active treatment for a cancer diagnosis can access the Irish Cancer Society ‘Children’s Fund’ for financial support.
The reasons for submitting an application may include the following:
- Increased medical costs such as consultant fees and prescriptions
- Additional expenses with travel to treatment and parking
- Increased household utility bills and/or food costs.
- Increased costs due to extra child-minding services
An application to cover additional expenses with travel cannot be submitted if:
- Patient has received a payment from the Travel to Care scheme (T2C) or is awaiting a decision
- Patient is availing of free transport to treatment.
Advice for Health Care Professionals
An online application must be completed and signed by a Health Care Professional (HCP) on behalf of a patient. The HCP must be directly involved in the patient’s care.
Patient queries regarding an application must go directly through their HCP and not to the Marie Keating Foundation.
The patient must give his or her HCP consent to submit the application on their behalf. An application submitted by anyone other than a patient’s HCP will be rejected.
Three attempts will be made to contact a HCP regarding an application and if no response received, the application will be rejected.
The following criteria must be adhered to:
- Only one application per patient will be considered. This is a ‘Once Off’ payment.
- Demonstration that the patient is in financial distress as a result of a cancer diagnosis and is undergoing treatment at the time that the application is submitted.
- The financial distress must be outlined in the application and verified by attaching an invoice/receipt that is within the last 3 months. The invoice/receipt must have details that links directly to the patient and it should match at least the amount being requested. If the amount requested is greater than the value of an attached invoice/receipt, please note the amount paid may only be equivalent to the value of the invoice/receipt.
- If an invoice/receipt is not available or does not match the amount being requested then the reason why must be outlined in the mandatory ‘Additional Information’ section.
- Bank statements and screen shots of amounts owed on accounts are not to be submitted as they will not be accepted.
- Loan repayments are not to be submitted as they will not be accepted.
- A patient or partner who is in full-time employment or in receipt of full income may not qualify. This is to ensure that those that most require financial assistance are prioritised.
- If requiring financial assistance for Hair Replacement (Non-Surgical Scalp Product) please apply to the Government treatment benefit scheme.
The common errors and omissions that cause time delays in approving an application are as follows:
- No receipts or invoices attached to support an application
- Receipts or invoices that are not within the last 3 months, not directly linked to the patient and are not at least to the amount being requested
- Illegible attachments
- Insufficient information to support the application in the ‘Additional Section’
- Incorrect Bank Account details
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If you are a HCP and would like further information about the Comfort Fund Service, please email: [email protected] or call 01 628 3726