Public Health
06.09.2013

Justice requires 60 days to start treatment of cancer in the NHS

With the new decision, the count period begins from the test results and not the medical consultation

Foto: Ministério da Saúde
Decision states that the date of the examination result is going to be the starting point of the time period of 60 days
Decision states that the date of the examination result is going to be the starting point of the time period of 60 days

The Federal Court ruled that the maximum waiting time for the start of cancer treatment by the Unified Health System (SUS) is 60 days after the date of diagnosis. The decision of the Federal Court of the 1st Region cancels Article of Ordinance No. 876 of the Ministry of Health, which used to include the diagnosis of SUS in the registry as the starting point for calculating the period.

According to the federal public defender, Ricardo Salviano, the plaintiff, after the examination that brings the diagnosis, the patient needs to make an appointment so that a doctor can prescribe treatment, which can take months, the current procedure.

"We know the difficulty that people have to make an appointment. A decision that determines the date of the examination result is going to be the starting point of the time period of 60 days and not medical consultation with the inclusion of diagnosis Log in SUS, as brought the ordinance, "complete Salviano

The decision upholds the original text of the Law 12.732/2012 which is in force since May. According Salviano, the legislature established the delay of 60 days so that the doctor can assess the report and indicate the treatment within this period.

The president of the National Association of Public Defenders, Gabriel Faria Oliveira, emphasizes that access to health is one of the main demands of the Public Defender of the Union (DPU) across the country. According to him, related processes requests for high-cost drugs and various medical procedures represent most of the lawsuits filed in the PUD units.

With information from the Agency Brazil

Source: Isaude.net