The Institutionalized Discrimination of Cancer Patients– Not What Tommy Douglas Intended: A Business Case for the Universal Coverage of Oral Cancer Medicines in Ontario and Atlantic Canada E-mail

A Business Case for the Universal Coverage of Oral Cancer Medicines

D. Wayne Taylor, Ph.D., F.CIM Executive Director

Cancer is projected to have the fastest growing prevalence of any non-communicable disease in Canada from 2003-2023. The news is not all bad though. There are more cancer survivors in the country than ever before. Oral cancer drugs have been a major game-changer in this regard allowing cancer patients to live longer while staying in their communities without the stressful ordeal of IV chemotherapy. Oral cancer drugs are targeted therapies that provide the right drug to the right patient at the right time.

Universal funding of oral cancer drugs will save the healthcare system money overall; provide better, more meaningful data for clinical, outcomes and systems researchers; provide better quality of life for cancer patients, their families and compassionate caregivers; provide better purchaser negotiating positions for the procurement of novel prescription pharmaceuticals; and, above all, provide quicker access for patients to life-saving therapy with better outcomes. Wait times for oral cancer drugs can be eliminated.

Universal funding of oral cancer drugs is the right thing to do. Life is no less precious in Ontario and Atlantic Canada than elsewhere in this country. Cancer patients, their families and compassionate caregivers should not be systematically discriminated against simply because of their place of residence, their age, their gender or their income level. The financial, emotional and physical costs of dealing with cancer are significant enough without adding to them the costs of a preferred and often indicated treatment modality. There should be one funding mechanism for all cancer patients for all drugs.

Download the full report: A Business Case for the Universal Coverage of Oral Cancer Medicines

Also, visit the CanCertainty site - a united voice of more than 30 Canadian patient groups, cancer health charities, and caregiver organizations, joining together to significantly improve the affordability and accessibility of cancer treatment in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

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Universal Coverage of Oral Cancer Medicines