Since 2008, Campaigning for Cancer continues to advance its mission of ensuring patient’s rights are protected through ensuring dialogue amongst role-players, facilitating solutions with regards to cancer prevention and treatment and representing patients with regards to policy, healthcare costs and delivery.
Over the years, we have experienced a number of instances where health consumers make decisions on medical scheme membership, gap cover and life insurance cover without knowing what the actual cover entails and how a cancer diagnosis will affect these types of insurance. Only once they are faced with claiming from their benefits does the fine print come into play and things like exclusions, new therapies, risk analysis, future insurance, disclosures, cover or ineligibility to reinsure one’s self create immense challenges for cancer patients and survivors.
Through the “Insuring against the cost of cancer” Project we hope to provide information through independent experts that can aid South Africans to proactively research and question insurance benefits and rules, in a timely manner. We also urge insurers and insurance product developers to take into account how clients are affected by a cancer diagnosis and how the long term survival of patients can be accommodated.