MEDIA RELEASE, BRISBANE 5th April 2019 – Icon Group, Australia’s largest cancer care provider welcomes Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten’s, announcement today of a significant $2.3 billion investment to increase access to cancer care for patients across Australia.
Over 140,000 Australians received a cancer diagnosis last year and nearly 50,000 lost their lives.[i] Despite early detection of cancer and access to specialist cancer been proven to improve cancer survival rates, recent data shows 7 million Australians who live in rural and remote areas continue to have difficulty accessing specialist health services.[ii]
This commitment from Labor recognises the significant emotional and social burden cancer patients often face due to financial implications and the disruption and dislocation of long distance travel and time spent away from family and work.
“At Icon Group, our mission is to deliver the best care possible to as many people as possible, as close to home as possible. We therefore welcome the plans to increase timely access to oncology specialists and quality technology and treatments, which will make a difference to the cancer journeys of thousands of Australia cancer patients.” Mark Middleton, CEO Icon Group.
Icon Group has collaborated substantially over the recent years with leading cancer organisations such as the Cancer Council of Australia to ensure every cancer patient has the information they need to make an informed decision on their cancer treatment.
“The provision of cancer care needs to be innovated in Australia. Cancer patients deserve affordable treatment and so mitigating confusion around out-of-pocket costs needs to be a priority for Australian healthcare providers and policymakers in 2019,” said Mr Middleton.
Icon Group will continue to work with key stakeholder to improve the quality of life and survival rates of cancer patients across Australia.
[i] AIHW. Cancer data in Australia. Available at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/cancer/cancer-data-in-australia/contents/summary. Accessed April 2019.
[ii]AIHW. Australia’s health 2018. Available at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/fe037cf1-0cd0-4663-a8c0-67cd09b1f30c/aihw-aus-222.pdf.aspx?inline=true Accessed April 2019.