Responding to today's announcement from Health Secretary Alan Johnson MP on top-up funding for drugs not available on the NHS, the ABI's Director General, Stephen Haddrill, said:
"This announcement goes some way towards addressing the hugely emotive issue of access to drugs. How this new system will work in practice, and the extent to which it will end the 'postcode lottery' for cancer drugs in the NHS, remain to be seen.
"The insurance industry has a key role to play in helping to ensure that access to the very best healthcare and drugs becomes a realistic choice for most people, not just the very few who can afford to pay for cancer drugs that can cost many tens of thousands of pounds."
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