Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding incontinence

Understanding incontinence is the first step to continence recovery

Discover the answers to common questions from a registered nurse about urinary incontinence in men, and how to treat it, as well as important insurance information.

Introduction to Urinary Incontinence

What are the causes and symptoms of stress urinary incontinence?

How do I talk about urinary incontinence?

How is stress urinary incontinence diagnosed by my doctor?

What is the relationship between prostate cancer treatment and stress urinary incontinence?

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Questions about Treating Urinary Incontinence

Who can treat stress urinary incontinence?

Is there a typical treatment pathway for men suffering from stress urinary incontinence?

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How do you evaluate which treatment option is best?

What lifestyle changes I could make to relieve symptoms of stress urinary incontinence?

What are the non-surgical treatment options for stress urinary incontinence?

What are the surgical options for stress urinary incontinence?

Questions about Insurance

Does my private health insurance cover the cost of stress urinary incontinence surgery?

The Prostheses List which is released by the Department of Health includes medical devices that are intended for long term use. A private health insurer is required to pay the reimbursement amount for any device listed on the Prostheses List when a patient has appropriate health insurance cover so there is no out-of-pocket cost to the patient for the medical device. Most private health funds (and/or Medicare) cover the medically necessary diagnosis and treatment of male stress urinary incontinence. Dependent on the patient’s level of private health cover, there may be some expenses incurred not reimbursed by the health fund. Professional fees for surgeons, surgical assistants and anaesthetists and hospital fees may vary. Private health insurance will largely cover these costs. Experienced prosthetic urologist will provide their patients with informed financial consent.

How should I approach my private health insurance about stress urinary incontinence surgery?

Here are some important steps a patient can take to minimise the chances of an improperly processed or denied claim:

  • Read your insurance policy. It’s better to know what your insurance company will cover or require before you receive a service.
  • If you still have questions about your coverage, call your insurance company and ask a representative to explain it.
  • Remember your insurance company, not your doctor, makes decisions about what will be paid for and what will not.

No private health insurance. Have you considered self-financing?

Patients with no private health insurance cover, can choose to self-finance. To self-finance a detailed description of the out-of-pocket costs should be obtained from the urologist. The costs will vary based on a number of items starting with where (which hospital) you plan to have your surgery performed.

Australian Veteran?

Any patient that falls under Veterans Affairs policies will have the total cost of the surgery covered by the Commonwealth Government.

Next steps

To avoid delays in payment or reimbursement, work with your urologist’s office and health fund to verify coverage and reimbursement payment levels before beginning a treatment path.

Insurance: Am I covered?

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Treatment Options

Talk to a urologist about treatment options for urinary incontinence.

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Get Talking

Recovery can start with a simple question. Explore helpful tips to start the conversation about urinary incontinence.

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Patient Stories

Hear how incontinence has impacted the lives of other men and couples.

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Partner Perspective

Partner Perspective

Understand the burden of incontinence from a partner or loved one’s perspective.

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Take the Quiz

Take our quiz to identify if you are experiencing urinary incontinence symptoms and help kick-start the conversation with your doctor.

Questions to Ask

Helpful hints on how to start the conversation with your GP or urologist, and other useful resources.

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