11.health summit talk -Bobit Suntay

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Robert A.S. Suntay
Robert Abad Santos Suntay is the co-founder and managing director of Carewell – the Cancer Resource and Wellness Community Foundation, Inc. Carewell is a volunteer-driven, non-stock, non-profit organization that provides support, education, and most important: hope – to persons with cancer and their loved ones.
Carewell provides psycho-social support resources and programs that enable all persons affected by cancer to cope more successfully with the myriad demands of the illness. Carewell offers support groups and counseling, medical consults and referrals, wellness and fun activities, talks and seminars, and access to information and support from around the world thanks to The Cancer Support Community – a global network of cancer support organizations of which Carewell is a member.
Prior to his involvement at Carewell, Bobbit Suntay was a longtime educator. He was formerly the high school principal of Xavier School, and an assistant professor of education and managing director of the Ateneo de Manila University Center for Educational Development. He is currently a board member of The Beacon School, The Beacon Academy, and The Principals’ Center at Harvard University.

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11.health summit talk -Bobit Suntay

  1. 1. Health Financing Summit 04.14.10
  2. 2. Improving Health and Social Insurance Systems Providing psychosocial support - Maximizing medical care Bobbit Suntay The Carewell Community The Ca ncer Re source and Well ness Community First Health Financing Summit GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Diliman Campus
  3. 3. Cancer Today The good news… <ul><li>Advances in knowledge, skills, and technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Advances in diagnosis, treatment, and management </li></ul><ul><li>More persons with cancer are living longer today </li></ul><ul><li>Growing awareness and support for persons with cancer </li></ul><ul><li>BUT THIS IS NOT ENOUGH! </li></ul>Source: Cancer Care for the Whole Patient. National Academy of Sciences 2008
  4. 4. The Bad News: State of the art medical care alone is not enough! <ul><li>WE UNDERESTIMATE IMPACT OF PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS: </li></ul><ul><li>Impact onset, progression, and quality of life </li></ul><ul><li>Suffering and death due to lack of money </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional distress and abandonment of treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult lifestyle changes : diet, smoking, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult handling disruptions at home/office </li></ul>Source: Cancer Care for the Whole Patient. National Academy of Sciences 2008
  5. 5. Psychosocial Factors Challenges and consequences of unmet needs <ul><li>Harder to access, engage in, and persist in treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Harder to respond positively to treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Harder to cope with and recover from cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Long range of impact : prior to diagnosis to long after “cure” </li></ul><ul><li>Vast scope of impact : patient, loved ones, colleagues, healthcare team, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties in activities of daily living </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease in quality of life </li></ul>Source: Cancer Care for the Whole Patient. National Academy of Sciences 2008
  6. 6. What is the solution? Challenges and consequences of unmet needs <ul><li>Effective cancer treatment must integrate and address the psychosocial needs of all persons affected by the illness: patients, survivors, and their loved ones </li></ul>Source: Cancer Care for the Whole Patient. National Academy of Sciences 2008
  7. 7. What is the solution? Challenges and consequences of unmet needs <ul><li>A viable healthcare and social insurance system must include provisions and coverage for addressing the psychosocial needs of patients, survivors, and their loved ones </li></ul>Source: Cancer Care for the Whole Patient. National Academy of Sciences 2008
  8. 8. Where do we go from here? What needs to be done now? <ul><li>Health plans/insurance policies must be revised to include coverage for psychosocial services </li></ul><ul><li>Purchasers (individuals and institutions) must insist and ensure that health plans and insurance include coverage for psychosocial services </li></ul><ul><li>We need to make better use of EXISTING organizations, groups, and individuals who already provide psychosocial support services </li></ul><ul><li>We need to better identify the PARTICULAR NEEDS of patients and loved ones to help them ACCESS the resources and services they require </li></ul>Source: Cancer Care for the Whole Patient. National Academy of Sciences 2008
  9. 9. Psychosocial health services How they can help: <ul><li>Information on illness, treatments, health, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Help with emotional coping during illness/treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance with managing the illness </li></ul><ul><li>Information/ access to logistical and other resources and support </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance/ support for managing disruptions at work, home, school, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Access to finances and treatment </li></ul>Source: Cancer Care for the Whole Patient. National Academy of Sciences 2008
  10. 10. Psychosocial health services Benefits: <ul><li>Decrease in depression , stress, and anxiety in persons affected by cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Better communication and relationships between patients, loved ones, and healthcare team </li></ul><ul><li>Better decisions regarding illness treatment and management </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced feelings of well-being, support, and hope </li></ul><ul><li>Better access and persistence through treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement in quality of life and in chances of recovery </li></ul>Source: Cancer Care for the Whole Patient. National Academy of Sciences 2008
  11. 11. Psychosocial Support A Common Concern <ul><li>Goal: Improving health and social insurance systems </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: Maximizing benefits of top quality medical care </li></ul><ul><li>ALL persons affected by cancer have psychosocial needs </li></ul><ul><li>WE MUST ADDRESS PSYCHOSOCIAL CONCERNS </li></ul><ul><li>Patients persist in their treatment… </li></ul><ul><li>… They improve their quality of life and enhance their chances of recovery </li></ul>Source: Cancer Care for the Whole Patient. National Academy of Sciences 2008
  12. 12. Health Financing Summit 04.14.10

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