World Health Day
THIS Saturday is World Health Day (April 7) – a time to raise awareness about health inequalities across the globe, and right here in Queensland.
This year the theme for the initiative, driven by the World Health Organisation, is Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere.
All UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve universal health coverage by 2030, ensuring that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.
Ensuring that everyone has access to health services no matter where they live, or what their economic status is, is a key part of our mission at Cancer Council Queensland.
We know that cancer, like many chronic diseases, can have a severe financial impact on individuals or families affected.
Our research shows that up to two thirds of patients struggle to meet the out-of-pocket costs associated with a cancer diagnosis, with others deterred from seeking treatment if they can’t afford it.
The financial impact of a diagnosis increases with remoteness, with patients living rurally or regionally often needing to meet additional travel and accommodation costs.
One in two people will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime – we need to ensure that those people don’t
have to suffer severe financial hardship as a result of their diagnosis.
At Cancer Council Queensland we offer a range of practical support services to assist patients, including accommodation for regional patients travelling for treatment, but the need continues to grow.
This World Health Day we pledge to continue investing in research and programs that will reduce the burden of cancer and ensure that everyone, everywhere can access adequate health services – without the
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and need support, please get in touch via 13 11 20, Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm).
— Chris McMillan, CEO Cancer Council Queensland