Irish Cancer Society worried by chemotherapy prices

The Irish Cancer Society says it is worried some cancer patients may stop getting treatment - because many hospitals are now charging €75 for each round of chemotherapy.

The patients affected are those who don't qualify for a medical card and who don't have health insurance.

The news comes as new figures show that applications to the Irish Cancer Society's financial aid scheme increased by 36% in the past three years and now accounts for an annual spend of more than €1m.

Head of Advocacy and Communications with the ICS, Kathleen O'Meara, said: "Yes we have concerns that there may be people who are under pressure and may not feel like they can afford the €75.

"We want them to go for their treatment but we have concerns that over this charge they might think twice about it. We certainly hope that won't happen."

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Man alerts Coast Guard after becoming unsure about position due to heavy fog

Ambulance paramedic left colleague stranded 100kms from base after 'disagreement'

Jason Corbett 911 dispatcher says Martens 'not out of breath' doing CPR

Minister criticised for lack of updates on Irish Water


Today's Stories

Luxury liner bonanza for Port of Cork

Cabinet unanimous in making Frank Clarke chief justice

Irish flags to be unfurled in space

Call for tougher probes of emergency and asylum housing

Lifestyle

The night's sky is a long way from Tipperary

Pulling the strings at Cork Puppetry Festival

Mother charged for illegal sale of fruit smoothies at summer stall set up in Kildare

When you think of the word cougar, what does it conjure up?

More From The Irish Examiner