Urge the Australian Government to Cut Out-of-Pocket Costs for Cancer Patients

Cancer is physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing. Whether you're a parent or a patient, coping with the impacts of cancer is often made worse by the stress of outrageous out-of-pocket costs.

Jordan was just 11 years old when he suffered his first blinding headache. His worried parents rushed him to hospital where doctors discovered a benign brain tumour.

Over the course of ten years, Jordon's doctors tried chemotherapy, brain surgery, and a trial drug to shrink the tumor. And whilst this treatment was absolutely necessary to save Jordan's life, the tumour has left him without his sight and a future of uncertainty.

During those ten years, Jordon's family moved from the Gold Coast to Brisbane to be closer to the hospital. They have had to purchase electronic aids to help with Jordon's memory loss, bought a guide dog, all on top of paying for treatment and life's basic necessities.

As a result of his condition, Jordan can't function independently and for the rest of his life will be dependent on his parents. His mum, Marie, had no choice but to give up her job to help care for her son.

As you can imagine, out-of-pocket cancer costs are wide-reaching and add up fast.

While the National Health Reform Agreement enables Australians to receive free treatment from public hospitals, over 50 percent of all cancer treatment is through the private sector. Although Jordon gets a disability pension, most of it goes to his medications and caring for his sight dog.

Everyone has the right to equitable health opportunities regardless of their economic situation. With your support, we will continue to advocate for legislation that will reduce out-of-pocket costs for all Queenslanders affected by cancer. Please sign the petition today.
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