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Needs and financing of radiotherapy in France and Europe

N. Defourny, Y. Lievens. Needs and financing of radiotherapy in France and Europe. Cancer/Radiothérapie, Volume 20, Issues 6-7, October 2016, pages 427-433.

Access to high-quality and safe radiotherapy is a prerequisite to assure optimal oncology care in a multidisciplinary environment. In view of supporting long-term radiotherapy planning, actual and predicted radiotherapy needs should be put in context of the nowadays’ available resources. The present article reviews the existing data on radiotherapy resources and needs, along with the prevailing reimbursement systems in the different European countries, with a specific emphasis on France. It describes potential incentives of different financing systems on clinical practice and highlights how knowledge of the cost of radiotherapy treatments, by indication and technique, is essential to support correct reimbursement, hence access to radiotherapy. It is expected that such data will help national professional and scientific radiotherapy societies across Europe in their negotiations with policy makers, with the ultimate aim to make radiotherapy accessible to all cancer patients who need it, now and in the decades to come.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1278321816302207

08 November 2016

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