The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) hopes that the principles will help ensure access to healthcare and adequate insurance, to improve outcomes among those diagnosed with cancer.
Anticipating changes within the US healthcare landscape after Donald J. Trump becomes president next week, The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released guiding principles that the new Congress and administration can use to ensure that the focus does not waiver from the patient.
The primary emphasis of these principles is to ensure access to healthcare and adequate insurance to improve outcomes among those diagnosed with cancer. Pointing out that uninsured and underinsured families often decide to forego cancer care because of the impending out-of-pocket cost burden, ASCO thinks that this is a form of avoidable stress for patients and their families. “This circumstance also increases overall expenses for all Americans,” the brief states.
With this in mind, the following principles were created so policymakers can protect the interests of patients with cancer:
ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO, said, “As a new administration and Congress commence their important work, we will continue to advocate for policies that reflect the current realities of today’s cancer care and ensure that patients with cancer receive the full range of services they critically need.”
The 20 million patients and families who gained health insurance between 2010, when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, through 2016, have reason to be worried as the Republican party initiates the ACA repeal process. Patients have been asking tough questions to politicians, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, about the future of their healthcare. The Hill reports that a cancer patient—who’s Republican and was initially opposed to the ACA—told Ryan during a CNN town hall meeting, “thanks to the [ACA} I am standing her today alive. Why would you repeal [it] without a replacement?”