The Private Cancer Physicians of Australia (PCPA) Limited is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the improvement of the health system for all cancer patients, but particularly for private cancer patients in Australia.
Although the majority of cancer patients are treated in the private system, there are many anomalies in funding and regulation that disadvantage private patients. Private cancer physicians also face issues in accessing drugs for their patients and sometims beds. Barriers also exist to the participation of private physicians in research and training. The PCPA has been established to address these issues.
Established in 2007 the PCPA is a membership organisation for medical oncologists and clinical haematologists in private practice in Australia. As of 1 January 2012, membership stands at over 100, which exceeds 50% of all identified private practitioners in Australia. Membership is open to others significantly committed to private practice or considering private practice.
The PCPA has a pivotal role in the Australian community for the implementation, delivery and planning of improved cancer services in the Private Health Sector.
The PCPA welcomes the interest of politicians, policy makers, funding bodies, health providers, other professionals, professional organisations and, of course, patients themselves.
To promote and work towards a health system that provides high quality, fair, integrated cancer treatment that benefits patients and supports medical practitioners.
All cancer patients in Australia will receive a high quality, timely and personal care from a physician of their choice.