Enhancing Access to Cancer Care
(Patient Navigation Program, Health Policy Initiatives)
Most cancer patients around the world don’t even have access to basic cancer treatments that have been in place in the United States and other developed nations since the 1970s.
Patient Navigation Program
Often, systematic interventions are required to make an impact. GCI’s Patient Navigation Program is a great example. Healthcare systems in developing countries can be chaotic, and there is often a huge delta between care for the rich and for the poor. GCI’s patient navigators work within hospitals to help patients find physicians, deal with insurance companies, book treatment appointments and follow up with patients to make sure they get to appointments.
This low-cost intervention is making a big impact in areas such as Mexico City – Mexico, Montevideo – Uruguay and Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.