The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has warned that the poorest patients will suffer if provincial health departments do not pay the National Health Laboratories Services (NHLS) monies owed to it.
CANSA head of health Professor Michael Herbst maintains that the NHLS renders a crucial service to cancer patients.
Herbst points out that, "They [NHLS] do the histological or the laboratory tests to get the final diagnosis of cancer but they also do other tests. They also do tests for cancer markers, and without this it is very difficult for the treating specialists to properly and adequately treat the patients and this is just not on."
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