High cost of diagnosis
SATURDAY is World Health Day – 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 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 cancer, like many chronic diseases, can have a severe financial impact on individuals or families affected.
Our research shows up to two-thirds of patients struggle to meet the out-ofpocket 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 patients, including accommodation for regional patients travelling for treatment, but the need continues to grow.