Money for cancer patients free
Dr. Stephen Larkin is a family physician in Nanaimo, B.C.
Dr. Stephen Larkin is a family physician in Nanaimo, B.C.
New research suggests patients with cancer don’t need to pay for physician care. In Canada and the United States, physicians generally receive bonuses and reductions in fees for participating in clinical trials for drug companies.
Many physicians reject this free handout, either because they disagree with the mode of care it promotes (a cure-or-bust strategy) or believe it is unethical to allow patients with cancer to be treated for profit.
A Canadian study of 62 cancer patients with money for cancer patients free research offered by industry showed their average treatment cost was $1,500, but half of the patients did not take up the offer of free medication, for fear of not being reimbursed.
However, a different study of 70 Canadians with cancer in Canada and the U.S. suggests when patients are offered free prescription medication, they will benefit.
Dr. Jason Ma, an attending physician at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, said patients can benefit more from certain medicines than others, and if drugs are free or reduce their cost, the most important question is whether the patient will benefit from the treatment.
Free for cancer patients
Dr. Ma, who is on the scientific advisory committee of pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb, found 90 per cent of Canadians with cancer can have free medications.
However, the Canadian Medical Association and other medical associations have told doctors they cannot offer free medications.
Dr. Ma said many doctors feel unethical after seeing cancer patients endure financial difficulties and facing the possibility of financial ruin.
Money for cancer patients free of charge will be paid out from April 2012.
From the April to the September, the Comprehensive Cancer Centre (CCC) will subsidise private insurance for the treatment of eligible patients from the Cancer Patients Aid Society.
The beneficiaries will receive an initial annual sum of €650 each, of which €500 will be paid as fees for diagnostic or treatment services.
A further €10,000 will be paid for each eligible patient on two occasions in January and July following diagnosis and during treatment.
The cost of this scheme will be reimbursed by the CCC, which is the facility of the Health Insurance Organisation.
During the first period, from April to September 2012, patients will be provided with free or subsidised private insurance for the treatment of eligible patients.
During the second period, from July to September 2013, there will be no additional cost to the patients as the scheme will be supported by the Health Insurance Organisation.
An insurance committee comprising the members of the Cancer Patients Aid Society, who are doctors in the region, will select the eligible patients.
Comprehensive cancer centres (CCC) are funded by the State and are not paid directly by the HIO.
The CCCs are publicly funded on a strategic basis and are established by agreement between the Health and Health Services and the CCC is free to patients in return for providing full cancer treatment services and accommodation.
The CCCs are located at St Vincent’s Hospital, Kilmorgan Hospital, Dr Gallagher’s Hospital, Portiuncula Hospital and a new one will be in Clonmel.
CCC hospitals provide a wide range of complementary cancer services such as radiotherapy, palliative care and counselling and are staffed by specialist nurses.
Insurance companies pay for a patient’s private insurance, in return for full cancer treatment services.
The scheme has been launched by the Health Insurance Committee of the South/South West Regional Health Authority.
THE LONDON PRACTICE OF ALIVE CARCINOS WHICH NOW REQUIRES CONSULTATIONS WITH A DOCTOR WHO STOPS YOU GETTING A CHANCE IN ALMOST EVERY STROKE OR SUDDEN BURNING ON THE STROKE HORSE ROAD AND RAGES ON YOUR HARP WHEN YOU’VE JUST RELEASED A HORSE WHICH TRIED TO EAT YOUR FACE IN THE FINAL STAGE OF A LIFETIME SPORT
Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca won a court case this month to cover the costs of living with life-threatening cancer for patients who can only afford to pay for their medication.
In a similar case last year, BT was found not to have acted illegally by forcing people who had previously contracted a serious disease to pay for their mobile phone services.
The case against BT was judged in September last year after a British telecoms firm challenged the legality of life-saving cancer drugs being provided at zero cost for patients suffering from specific illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes.
Last week, an inquest into the death of a 29-year-old cancer patient revealed that BT contributed to her death after raising the price of her cancer drugs following an NHS contract.
Last week the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee heard evidence that BT and the NHS had acted unlawfully by forcing patients who had previously been treated with expensive drugs to pay up to 50 per cent more for their medicines following a change to the NHS contracting system in 2012.
The additional costs of living with life-threatening disease and receiving a cancer diagnosis are piling up
Mary O’Hara was diagnosed with terminal cancer after being admitted to hospital for a seizure caused by her multiple sclerosis. She died within a month of her diagnosis.
Now a further inquest into her death has revealed that BT took out an NHS contract for cancer drugs for her and 15 others at her hospital.
Last month, the hospital told the inquest it had provided details of each patient who was using the NHS contract but none of them used the drugs.
Money for cancer patients free of charge as some patients stay away from hospitals due to delays in receiving treatment, Health and Welfare Minister Jane Lomhinton said.
Briefing reporters following the regular Cabinet meeting on Monday, Lomhinton said some patients have had to wait longer than they should to be diagnosed.
Last week alone, hundreds of cancer patients went home, forced to spend their own money for the final weeks of chemotherapy treatments and not receiving treatment until doctors examined their scans, Lomhinton said.
That’s because, even with the free medicines, it takes three weeks for a doctor to read a scan of a patient’s body and determine if they need chemotherapy or other cancer treatments, Lomhinton said.
“People are paying for their chemotherapy in three-week increments,” she said. “It’s not always free of charge.”
In cases where patients could not afford to stay in hospital, but still needed treatment, the Ministry of Health and Welfare would pay for a free taxi or transportation to the nearest hospital, Lomhinton said.
But, even then, some patients weren’t being diagnosed in the best way possible, Lomhinton said.
The government would be looking at a new study in the future to better understand how doctors diagnose patients with cancer, Lomhinton said.
“One of the concerns, that we would come across over and over, is what would happen if we increased our infusion capacity and the number of cancer patients that we could treat, and how would that change what the diagnosis is, and how would we deal with that and what’s the best way for patients to get the best diagnoses?”
The money would be put aside, “at least at first,” Lomhinton said, until the study was completed.
“But money doesn’t necessarily fix all of this,” she said.
“We’d like to say it would, but that’s not always the case.”
Money for new cancer patients
In the meantime, the government will provide free money for new cancer patients to cover their expenses.
Saudi Arabia-based financial firm, AFFCO and Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority have signed a 10-year contract worth $27bn for the sale of a gold vault and its deposits, to protect millions of dollars worth of foreign currency assets that are currently held in Saudi banks.
The deal is expected to be signed by Saudi officials on September 10 during the fourth annual AFFCO Economic Forum. According to AFFCO, it is a 50-50 joint venture between AFFCO and its bank, National Commercial Bank (Saudi Arabia), and will help the Kingdom to increase its foreign reserves, while safeguarding billions of dollars in foreign currencies, which were previously stored in the government’s gold vault in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia holds approximately $220bn worth of foreign reserves and only a small percentage of its portfolio is already safeguarded, AFFCO officials claim. The new gold vault is expected to help the Kingdom secure and ensure its foreign reserves are safe and secure, but is unlikely to cost Saudi Arabia taxpayers a penny in tax. The Saudi government has recently introduced new taxes and fees to boost revenues.
Money for cancer patients free of charge
Meanwhile, healthcare authorities in Saudi Arabia are set to release money to those affected by cancer in the country free of charge. According to officials, cancer patients suffering from cancer in Saudi Arabia will no longer have to pay fees for their chemotherapy, as well as those who have to pay for their medical expenses in hospitals.
Saudi Health Minister, Abdulmalik Al-Razzouki, announced the deal on Twitter, saying the agreement would allow the Kingdom to “significantly reduce the financial burden on those with cancer”.
The health minister also reportedly assured patients who are still suffering from cancer in the Kingdom that the authorities are looking to promote better treatment for all cancers.
Money for cancer patients free of charge!
I’m going to say something here and it may sound weird but at the end I want you to listen to me.
The hardest thing for a patient with a terminal disease is to see their family and friends struggle financially. Often the person in the next bed has already paid for the holidays to go back to England with their family but, due to their situation, they are financially responsible for the bill from their cancer treatment, which is often significant.
There are many people in that situation that I’ve seen, and many more who have yet to be. There are people who spend their entire week traveling and working to get money for a last trip home for Christmas or to see family.
A new initiative was launched a few months ago in Amsterdam. The initiative was made up of 100 patients who were given free travel expenses to go home to see family and friends before they died. It was the most heart-warming, beautiful thing I had seen in a while. And that isn’t meant to be cliché.
I came up with a new program for people like those who have never worked before but have to financially support their families.
Within a week, I have raised enough money for 20 free journeys free of charge for patients in Europe who have just been diagnosed with cancer.
If I’m raising money for free trips for people who have never worked before but are getting cancer and have to be financially responsible, I know I’ll also have enough to make sure people who have been working all their lives can be free to take their family to Amsterdam for a couple of nights before they die.
Not only would I like to make sure patients are financially responsible in the final weeks of their lives but I want to give them a final time to see their friends and family. I want to give them free travel to show them that I love them.
If you want to contribute to this new initiative, you can do so by donating directly to my fundraising page here.
I’ll be raising money for this initiative and will have a full story on this new initiative in a future article.
Patients in desperate need of cash
I just found out that people who were given money by me to live in the Netherlands for free to undergo cancer treatment are now being forced to return to England because the housing situation they were in is not guaranteed by the Home Office.
Ten people have already returned to England but more are needing money for travel, bills and for food.
At the end of August, I will be holding a charity auction with many items to be auctioned off. If you are a client of hospices, or a resident of the Netherlands and would like to bid on these items to help patients in need, you can contact me on Twitter.
In the meantime, contact your local hospice to find out if they are struggling.
Do you know of other people or organizations that are in need of funds? Contact me to tell me about it.
My message to anyone with cancer: free money from me
It is an absolute pleasure to make a donation of money to people who are close to me but who have absolutely no financial support. I do it because I love you, and because I know how hard it is to be financially responsible for your family, for your parents and for your siblings.
Do you know of any patients who are close to you? I would love to know, because they deserve to be financially responsible in their final weeks of their lives.
My message to anyone with cancer: free money from me!
I’ll have a full story about the patients who are returning to England to die in a couple of weeks.
Free money from me
If you have just been diagnosed with a terminal cancer or know someone who has, you may be eligible for free of charge medical treatment.
But at the moment, it costs $27,000 in medical care to take care of a patient from their diagnosis until they die, based on data from the American Cancer Society. This is, obviously, for people who have lived in the US for more than five years.