Excerpt from Submission below:

I write from the Cancer Patients’ Assistance Society of NSW (Can Assist). We have been operating for 66 years now with the sole purpose of providing financial assistance and bespoke support to assist rural and remote cancer patient’s access treatment. We deliver around $2-2.5M a year across more than 10,000 instances of financial assistance. Our aid is typically split between travel/accommodation (40%) out of pocket medical costs (40%) and a variety of other bespoke expenses including utilities…

I write to represent the experiences and perspectives of rural/remote chemotherapy consumers.

Comparison points rural/remote vs urban areas –

  1. Financial access to chemotherapy infusion/injection (the direct cost of treatment).

Can Assist is rarely approached to help finance the cost of chemotherapy injection/infusion treatments. Our recipients across the state commonly have access to…

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