Sunday, November 27, 2011

Makna's Bursary Programme Aims To Assist Financially Challenged Cancer Patients

Makna's Bursary Programme aims to assist financially challenged cancer patients mainly those who are unable to pay for the following:

  1. Treatment cost
  2. Medication
  3. Equipment
  4. Other relevant costs

The chart above shows the approved applications for adult and paediatric patients from 1995 to 2011 (as at 31 Aug 2011). A total of 18,612 patients' applications have been approved totaling the cost of equipment related to cancer and treatment cost such as total body radiation and radioiodine treatment.

Besides the above assistance, Makna's Bursary Programme also provides emergency assistance in the form of petty cash to relevant government hospitals. Applications are made by the respective Medical Social Workers by providing the list of patients that they have helped to enable Makna to determine the amount to be allocated to the relevant hospitals. This emergency aid is set for patients who need urgent attention. The amount given to patients depends on the severity of the case. The 83 hospitals Makna get referral from are as listed above.

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