Helen Joseph Breast Care Centre
Many women worry that treatment received in our government health system, at a fraction of the cost of private treatment, will be inferior. Usually the only difference between state and private is convenience. In a public hospital, due to resource constraints on staff and facilities, a patient might have to wait for treatment to start – but, in most specialist breast care centres, this should never be longer than international guidelines. Public clinics may also run only once or twice a week.
The Breast Health Foundation believe patients should have access to the same high standard of healthcare in public as is available in private practise: the same expertise, research trials, support groups and psychological care.
The Helen Joseph Breast Care Centre (HJBCC) is a government hospital unit set up in 2005 to provide world-class breast care to Johannesburg, in a provincial hospital setting.
This units allows patients access to all the available methods of breast pathology, diagnosis and treatment through an integrated,education oriented, multi-disciplinary approach; ensuring cost effective service-delivery and high quality patient care.
If you have no, or limited, medical aid, there are a number of specialist government breast units that will treat you well and manage your breast cancer without leaving you in debt.
Call the Breast Health Foundation helpline (0860 BUDDIE) for more information and to find your nearest clinic.