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What is efficient cancer care for All.Can?


31 Mar 2021


Health & Consumers

All.Can has published an infographic illustrating what efficient cancer care means, why it matters and how it can be achieved across the entire care continuum and at different system levels.

According to the OECD, 20% of health spending is wasted on ineffective or inefficient practices, and these resources should be channelled towards better use for improved patient outcomes[1]. For cancer patients, inefficiencies can lead to premature mortality, reduction in quality of life, financial and time losses, and inequalities among different groups in the society. Inefficiencies can also demoralise and frustrate care providers, while weakening healthcare systems and causing significant financial loss and missed opportunities.

For All.Can, efficient cancer care delivers the best possible health outcomes using the human, financial, infrastructural and technological resources available, with a focus on what really matters to patients and society. Achieving greater efficiency requires putting patients at the centre, promoting an evidence-based and data-driven learning system, investing in technology, breaking down silos, scaling up good practices, and implementing appropriate policies and incentives.

All.Can President, Alex Filicevas, explains ‘A significant share of health expenditure is at best ineffective and at worst, wasteful; around 20% of health spending could be directed towards better use, according to various reports. Our infographic is an informative guide for policymakers and those involved in health systems planning and as such we expect it to be shared widely across the health community.’


About All.Can

All.Can is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative to inform and generate political and public engagement on the need to improve the efficiency of cancer care, by focusing on what really matters to patients and the society. All.Can seeks to make sure resources are directed towards achieving better health outcomes while contributing to health systems’ overall sustainability.

Established in 2016, the All.Can initiative brings together a diverse membership base including academics, patient organisations, healthcare professionals and industry.

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[1] OECD (2017), Tackling Wasteful Spending on Health, OECD Publishing, Paris,