PCFA SUPPORTS CALL FOR ACTION AGAINST POTENTIAL THREAT TO CHEMOTHERAPY FOR CANCER PATIENTS
PCFA supports today’s call from leading Australian Cancer agencies Cancer Council Australia, canSpeak and Private Cancer Physicians of Australia for the Federal Government to step in urgently to prevent cuts to the supply of vital chemotherapy medicines to cancer patients from 1 December 2012.
PCFA shares the concerns of Professor Ian Olver, Cancer Council Australia CEO who believes the patients that will be impacted most will be those in regional and remote locations of Australia.
After 1 December 2012, the current system for the preparation and supply of chemotherapy drugs through private hospitals and private clinics will be at risk of collapse. As a result, patient access to cancer treatment through the private system will reduce. This threatens to have a significant impact on patient care in one or more of the following ways:
• An influx of cancer patients to the already over stretched public health system.
• The introduction of additional charges to enable the private system to remain viable
• Severe disruptions for patients, particularly those in isolated areas who need to travel for their treatment.
• Public sector day hospitals will also carry these increased costs as they often use PBS funded drugs. These costs will almost always be funded by reducing other services.
PCFA encourages our supporters to get in touch with their local members to lobby for Federal Government intervention against these cuts to subsidies supporting the safe delivery of chemotherapy to Australians battling cancer.
To read more about the proposed cuts please click here
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