Editorial : The government should increase subsidies for cancer drugs

【明報專訊】DYING TO SURVIVE, a mainland film based on real-life stories about the cruel reality faced by cancer patients who cannot afford to see doctors or buy medicine, has drawn a lot of attention on the mainland. The healthcare system of Hong Kong and that of the mainland are very different, but the plight of cancer patients in the face of exorbitant drug prices is similar. The SAR government should allocate more resources to help cancer patients to pay for costly drugs. It should also streamline the approval procedures for new drugs and lower the threshold for subsidy eligibility to benefit more cancer patients and families.