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Additional governmental funding for cancer care in Denmark
The Danish government granted additional funding of 300 million DKK for the extraordinary and urgent strengthening of cancer care in 2024. In November 2023, the Danish Regions and the government signed an agreement comprising the distribution of that funding.
- The block grants of 281 million DKK will be provided to regions to strengthen cooperation, including treatment abroad, expansion and simplification of subsidies for dental care (as a consequence of cancer treatment), implementation of new patient counseling, and a special unit focusing on life-threatening diseases;
- The remaining 19 million DKK will be set aside for other initiatives, i.e., for an enhanced model for monitoring the maximum waiting times in the cancer field and a pilot study of a national screening program for lung cancer.
Furthermore, from 2025, the government has set permanent annual funding of 600 million DKK for Cancer Plan V (Kræftplan V), which the Danish Health Authority will develop. The plan is expected to be published in Autumn 2024 and is focused on the following: prevention, utilization of novel technologies, such as AI, for early diagnosis of cancer, and strengthened efforts for late sequelae and palliation.
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