Why should I take part?

Up to 20% of healthcare spending is currently estimated to be wasted on ineffective treatment and care.1 But inefficiency is more than a financial issue – it includes lost time, cancelled appointments, and unnecessary stress for patients and their families. Improving efficiency is a means of focusing resources on what matters to patients.

Small ideas can make a big difference. For example, one manufacturer of MRI scanners painted the machines to look like rockets and pirate ships, to alleviate children’s fears. This simple action turned a scary and unfamiliar process into an adventure, reducing the number of children who required sedation and thus meaning more patients could be scanned per day. This sort of initiative, if rolled out on a large scale, could lead to dramatic improvements in patient outcomes.2

The patient voice is central to quality care. That’s why we need your insights on how cancer care could be improved for all.

1. WHO. 2010. Health systems financing: the path to universal coverage. The World Health Report. Geneva: WHO
2. Kelley T, Kelley D. 2013. Kids Were Terrified of Getting MRIs. Then One Man Figured Out a Better Way. Slate [online]

‘Every euro, pound or penny we spend on something that isn’t adding to patient outcome is money that’s being wasted.’

Vivek Muthu, Managing Director, Marivek Healthcare Consulting; Member of All.Can