Australia prides themselves on its universal health care system and looking after patients in an equitable way. The prioritisation for radiotherapy in the Illawarra has been questioned after the recent pressure on the government to fund another linear accelerator. As one third of people affected by cancer live in regional and rural areas the government’s is being held accountable for their promise to provide access to quality health care, including cancer care, closer to where patients live. If Government funding were available it would allow hospitals to have the capacity to treat people on time.
As a result patients would be less likely to be categorised on the scale of emergency and receive better results. Doctors and nurses would have more time to focus on the patients overall health rather than attempting to make order of the radiation treatment system.
Below is a link to Remy Taylor’s work on the radiation industry in Wollongong.