Patient Financial Assistant Program
Helping People with Cancer Focus on What Matters Most: Healing
The challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis often extend beyond the medical treatment itself—such as navigating a complex health-care system and balancing the demands of day to day living during treatments. These challenges can increase for people with restricted income opportunities, no employee health insurance, and who live in other urban or rural communities across the province. For some, the financial burden of cancer can mean choosing between treatment and simply being able to pay their bills.
The Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Patient Financial Assistance Program offers support to eligible patients who have financial needs, addressing some of the direct costs of care, such as travel and accommodations for appointments and medications not covered by insurance. Patients may also use a portion of their funds towards other indirect expenses, such as groceries or utility bills.
In 2021, the Patient Financial Assistance Program was accessed over 4,400 times by Albertans, with 50 per cent of those families or individuals residing in Calgary and Edmonton, and the other 50 per cent from communities across the province. As the number of new cancer cases increase, so will the need for financial assistance. Because this support program is funded solely by donations, your contributions play a pivotal role in improving the cancer journey for so many Albertans, allowing them to focus on what matters most: healing.
Donate Now to Support Patient Experience in Alberta Through Programs Like the Patient Financial Assistance Program
Rose is not the only one whose life and livelihood has been impacted by cancer. This year, nearly 23,000 other Albertans will face a cancer diagnosis—a number of these people will also face financial hardship.
Fortunately, the Patient Financial Assistance Program is here with help.
Read more about Rose’s story here
If you are a patient, or family member, who wishes to access the Patient Financial Support Program, contact:
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Patient Resource Office
Cross Cancer Institute
Psychosocial and Spiritual Resources