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  • Hannah Martin

Kiwi cancer patients miss out on 18 medicines funded in Australia - report

Eighteen cancer treatments publicly funded across the ditch are not available to New Zealanders, despite offering “substantial” clinical benefit, new analysis has found.

Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency, on Thursday released a report comparing the availability of cancer medicines in Aotearoa and Australia, in terms of quantity and clinical benefit.

It identified 20 different gaps (18 individual medicines) – where a cancer medicine was funded in Australia but not in New Zealand – across nine cancer types.

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