Cutting cancer costs is a worthy policy, but we must try to prevent it too

Labor's proposed $2.3 billion injection for cancer care needs to be balanced with a commitment to promoting measures for cancer prevention
Professor Terry Slevin Professor Simone Pettigrew

Removing the financial worries from Australians diagnosed with cancer is bound to be a popular move.

The Opposition’s $2.3 billion cancer care plan – announced in Bill Shorten’s budget reply speech on Thursday night – aims to ensure cancer treatment costs for scans, specialists and drugs are bulk billed or subsidised under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).