Fox Chase Cancer Center Expresses Need for Access to Cancer Care in Dialogue on Health Care Reform

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Fox Chase Cancer Center Expresses Need for Access to Cancer Care in Dialogue on Health Care Reform

Fox Chase Cancer Center Expresses Need for Access to Cancer Care in Dialogue on Health Care Reform
(Jul 20, 2009)

U.S. Rep. Schwartz, SE PA Hospitals, and Health Care Advocates Host Major Press Conference on Health Reform

WHAT:   U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz, top officials from southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals, and leading health care advocates will host a major press conference on the importance of reforming America’s health care system. Schwartz and others will talk about the need for Congress to pass legislation that contains costs and expands access to affordable, stable coverage for all Americans. 

Susan Tofani, senior vice president of clinical services and business development, will represent Fox Chase at the event and stress the need for access to quality cancer care, cost-effective evidence-based medicine, and innovation in diagnostic and treatment services. It is the position of Fox Chase that every American should be covered by a health plan that can provide access to a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.

WHEN:Monday, July 20, 2009, 12:20 p.m.
WHERE:Mayor's Reception Room
Philadelphia City Hall

Susan Tofani's Remarks

Remarks for Press Conference on Health Reform hosted by U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz 

My name is Susan Tofani and I am Senior Vice President for Clinical Services and Business Development at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  I appreciate the invitation to speak on behalf of the Center and address the critical topic of access to innovative, affordable and quality health care.

Fox Chase is a National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer center and one of a select group of eleven (11) hospitals in the country that devotes all its resources to research, prevention, and treatment of cancer.  Our clinical programs provide the full range of screening, early detection and prevention services to reduce or eliminate this disease.  Should cancer be diagnosed, early access to our cancer specialists, constantly engaged in developing the newest cancer treatments, has been shown to improve patient outcomes. 

We’ve made a great deal of progress in our efforts to prevent and treat cancer through innovation and research.  Still, it is predicted that cancer will be the leading cause of death by 2010, primarily because we are an aging population.

As our country considers how to deliver and pay for medical services, we’d like to offer these thoughts as they relate to cancer:

  1. Early detection and screening save lives. This should be encouraged.  Health plans should cover preventive and screening services with no out of pocket costs.
  2. Innovation in diagnostic and treatment services will continue to improve survival rates. Coverage for clinical trials is critical.
  3. Evidence-based medicine is cost-effective.  Clinical trials and clinical guidelines, such as those generated by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, offer cost-effective innovation.
  4. Every American should be covered by a health plan that can provide access to an NCI-designated cancer center.  

Thank you for the opportunity to include the important issue of coverage for cancer prevention and treatment services in the health care reform discussion.