Budget reply picks a winner in cancer
The announcement tonight by Opposition Leader Shorten that the centrepiece of its health policy is to pick one medical condition, cancer, and ensure adequate funding for it alone goes against every principle which guides our profession.
Our patients suffer and die from heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, diabetic complications, arthritis complications, asbestosis, suicide, motor neuron disease, and many other treatable and often preventable conditions. Some of our patients also suffer and die from cancer.
To ensure excellent affordable access to care for patients who suffer from cancer is fantastic. To deny similar access to all the other patients with the many causes of pain, suffering, and death is an insult to doctors and their patients. We treat people, whatever the problem. We do not treat a diagnosis. We want all our patients to have affordable access to life saving and life changing care.
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