Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cancer and Its Treatment Costs both will Rise in Coming Decade

Cancer and Its Treatment Costs both will Rise in Coming Decade

The report titled 'Delivering affordable cancer care: a value change to health systems' provided a roadmap for facilitating patient involvement in clinical decision-making by  developing methodologies that will enable a better mechanisms, where patients are well-informed about techniques and costs. Moreover, the report stresses on processes which will eliminate waste generation in cancer treatment.

The report released at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) at Doha (Qatar), predicted that between 2008 and 2030 the incidence of cancer will increase by 65% in high-income countries, 80% in middle-income countries and 100 % in the world's poorest countries.

In the summit, leading cancer specialists from around the globe discussed the increasing burden of worldwide spending on cancer treatment and care.

Policy makers were informed of the three root causes of excess spending -- Over-treatment and unnecessary interventions, technology without value and inefficient service delivery. As a result, it is expected that the cost of treatment will rise by 16-32% in over the next 10 years.

'Delivering affordable cancer care' was one of eight reports being presented at WISH 2015 where leading international health experts, policy makers and leaders discussing innovative solutions to some of the most pressing global health challenges.