As demands on our health system grow quickly, health budgets will struggle to keep up, says APESMA CEO Chris Walton in The Adelaide Advertiser.
RECENT Cancer Australia statistics show that by the age of 85, one in every two men and one in every three women will have been diagnosed with cancer, underlining its prevalence in the community.
And as our population grows and this incidence increases, so do community expectations – particularly when it comes to adequate diagnosis and treatment services.
Yet this is complicated territory. With increased demand comes the need for more technology and systems of increasing complexity and more highly-trained and specialised professionals.
This at the same time hospital budgets are stretched in a mind-boggling range of directions.