Contrary to a media report, the Charleston Cancer Center is not turning away patients as a result of federal sequestration cuts, an administrator at the practice confirmed Friday afternoon.
Kirk Daniel, chief operations officer at the center, said the practice will continue to treat its patients, including those with Medicare plans. He said The Washington Post inaccurately reported that the Charleston Cancer Center informed some patients that they will need to seek treatment for their cancer elsewhere.
Daniel said the Charleston Cancer Center did publish an announcement called “Stop Sequester Cuts to Cancer Care,” which was made available at the office.
It encourages patients to call their legislators because federal sequestration cuts threaten to undercut future business.
Daniel said, if necessary, the center will coordinate a treatment plan with area hospitals to ensure that patients get the chemotherapy and radiation drugs they need.
A spokeswoman at the Medical University of South Carolina and an administrator at Roper St. Francis Healthcare confirmed those hospitals are prepared to take more cancer patients.
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