Cancer care in Australia is just fantastic. Truly is.
The USA has cutting edge technology and a plethora of Phase 1 clinical trials and research work, but for the average person who needs treatment, Australia is still miles ahead. It is not just the issue of the medications available, surgery options, radiotherapy…. but the social and financial issues.
The South Australian Govt helps patients who drive more than 100 km per journey with financial assistance for their fuel and accomodation.
Most chemotherapy, biological and immunotherapy medications are available in Australia – via tax-payer Medicare subsidy or access programs.
The problem is that many people do not appreciate the medical care in Australia. The care from doctors, nurses, reception staff, pharmacists, cleaners, medical records and the rest of the team in the health care sector – is mostly really good. We tend to highlight the few bad stories (hopefully the incidents will be prevented in the future), but may not emphasise the good work which people do.
I have patients who are on treatment in Adelaide and decide to go on a holiday across the country. We arrange for treatment to happen across cancer centres in various parts in Australia. It happens somehow. Pretty amazing.
God bless Australia.