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cancer prevention and control act, 2012

The Cancer Prevention and Control Act, 2012 received Presidential Assent on Tuesday, 24th July, 2012 . The Act seeks to create awareness on need for routine checkups to assist in early detection and treatment of cancer. It proposes to establish a National Cancer Institute whose objective will be to come up with overall national agenda for the treatment and management of cancer country wide. The Institute will develop a National Registry for Cancer that will be fed with information from all hospitals that handle a cancer patient. Failure to remit such information attracts a hefty penalty for the institution concerned.

Section 26 of the Cancer Prevention and Control Act, 2012 bars any exclusion from credit and insurance services and states that a person shall not be compelled to undergo cancer screening or to disclose their cancer status for the purpose only of gaining access to any credit or loan services, medical, accident or life insurance or the extension or continuation of any such service.

Further an insurer, re-insurer or health maintenance organization shall, in the case of life and healthcare insurance cover, devise a reasonable limit of cover for which a proposer shall not be required to disclose his or her cancer status. Section 27 stats that a person shall not be denied access to healthcare services in any health institution, or be charged a higher fee for any services, on the grounds only of the person being actual or perceived to be a person with cancer. The contravention of this proviso is an offence which attracts a penalty.


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