free housing for cancer patients
A university, Bellevue College in Washington State is treating its cancer patients to free housing during their treatments, and will also cover their travel costs.
It is the first time in US history that cancer patients are getting free housing or travel reimbursement, according to advocates for patients.
The facility is free to patients, but will need around $400,000 a year in funding for rent and utilities. The university has agreed to fund those expenses.
Public housing for cancer patients
A new public housing complex in Los Angeles, California, free housing for cancer patients will now include housing for some cancer patients, according to the LA Times.
A cancer patient living at the development will get access to subsidised housing and free medicine in return for a period of remission from their disease.
According to the LA Times, the cancer patients will be able to live at the building for 12 months.
Texas hospitals will also give free chemotherapy to cancer patients who can prove a history of physical abuse and or had other critical illnesses during childhood.
However, a 2009 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that the use of this special provision had a smaller overall effect on patients' health outcomes than other programs.
Free health care for housing cancer patients
Georgia has recently passed a bill granting free medical care for cancer patients.
Included in the bill is free, cancer-specific surgery for patients who are undergoing cancer treatments.
Georgia's hospitals have agreed to cover the surgery, but a fight is now being waged for better access to care, according to the Huffington Post.
It is believed that the fight is currently being fought between hospital administrators and cancer advocacy groups who believe that Georgia should provide free health care for cancer patients.