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Cut cancer patients’ waiting times, insurance deficit

  • Ronald A. Hukom

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Jakarta   /   Fri, March 1, 2019   /  02:12 pm
Cut cancer patients’ waiting times, insurance deficit Healthcare illustration. (Shutterstock/Aleksandar Karanov)

Throughout February, many countries, including Indonesia, held festivals, walks, public information campaigns and other events to celebrate World Cancer Day, which the Union for International Cancer Control commemorated as important for intensifying various cancer management efforts. Public awareness is expected to be better, including in prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. The view for many decades that cancer is an incurable disease has turned out to be wrong. After being diagnosed with lymphoma in 1992 and declared cured, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong underwent surgery for prostate cancer in February 2015 and is said to still have a life expectancy rate of 99 percent for the next 15 years. In the United States and Europe, in the last 40 years, the survival rate among those with various types of cancer has increased sharply. In the United Kingdom,...

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