by Ernst Marais
HEALTH-E News – The South African Health News Service, November 2, 2016
Dr Marais, CEO of the Independent Clinical Oncology Network (ICON), examines the high cost of cancer in South Africa and the financial impact on the patient and practitioner. Affordable cancer care is a delicate and complex balancing act which impacts patient, practitioner and pockets. The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics released a study in June 2016 and it hit almost every headline as it revealed the high cost of cancer care, and how it is set to rise over the next four years. It was a price tag tsunami with a global oncology bill of US$ 150 billion by 2020, an increase of around 10.5% per annum, and that was just for the medication.