Executive Branch enacts National Cancer Law
10 agosto 2021


On August 10, the Executive Branch enacted the National Cancer Law, which aims to guarantee universal, free and priority coverage of health services for all cancer patients, regardless of the type of cancer they suffer from. For this purpose, the State must ensure access and comprehensive coverage, which will include prevention, promotion, control and oncological care services. At the same time, the regulation declares that cancer care and control through telemedicine services is of national interest. It is already in force.

The published regulation states that the Executive Branch, through the Ministry of Health (Minsa in Spanish), will formulate, implement and evaluate the National Policy for the Fight against Cancer. It will establish the main guidelines, objectives, specialized indicators and minimum standards of compliance that will make comprehensive cancer care possible. In this line, Minsa is empowered to acquire pharmaceutical products, medical devices and health services necessary for the treatment of such diseases.

Similarly, the law declares of national interest the centralized purchase of strategic resources for the prevention and control of cancer in the public sub-sector, through the National Center for the Supply of Strategic Health Resources (Cenares in Spanish). It also declares of national interest the organization and execution of actions for the prevention, promotion, control and surveillance of breast and cervical cancer.