Cwlth cuts to Radiation Therapy

 

Significant reductions in the Commonwealth’s investment in radiation therapy are proposed from July 2017. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists estimate that the changes will cut $67 million from the sector over 3 years.

Read the Fact Sheet for consumers, and template letter, if you wish to write to your local MP to oppose this change in Federal Govt policy.

Radiation oncology is an essential treatment for a significant number of cancers. It is estimated to be involved in 40% of all cancer cures and is used in palliative care to relieve symptoms such as pain. 

However, it uses a number of highly expensive pieces of equipment. The Radiation Oncology Health Program Grants Scheme was designed to help cover the cost of this equipment and ensure that this equipment is replaced when needed. Due to the high cost involved in replacing this equipment, without support from the Government, it is likely that hospitals and practices will delay replacement resulting in equipment becoming aged and out of date. Before the ROHPG Scheme was introduced radiation therapy equipment was rarely replaced due to the high cost, which compromised patient treatment. 

We are concerned that these changes will threaten access to modern radiation therapy equipment and have a profound impact on the delivery of cancer care.

 

 

Contact

Cancer Voices South Australia

 

Ph.  0431 691 956 

 

PO Box 588, Kensington Park SA 5068