Stoma Appliance Scheme access fee
The Stoma Appliance Scheme Access fee is set by each stoma association and is payable to the stoma association where the member (usually) obtains their stoma-related products. The fee shall be payable once per financial year to the association where the member usually obtains their stoma-related products. The fee is compulsory but stoma associations shall make provision for the fee to be paid by instalment in the case of financial hardship. The fee can also be pro-rated where a member joins the association part way through a year.
Stoma association membership fee
Stoma associations may charge an additional membership fee at the stoma association’s discretion. This fee cannot be for services covered by the access fee. Stoma associations are required to advise members that the membership fee is separate to the access fee and that the membership fee is determined by the stoma association. A member who is not able to pay the additional stoma association service fee because of financial hardship may apply to the stoma association to have the additional fee paid in instalments or waived. The fee can also be pro-rated where a member joins the association part way through a year part way through a year