An accomplished pharmacy professional, Ellen Scharaga serves with Alegria Specialty Pharmacy as an operational consultant. In her career, Ellen Scharaga often works with other organizations that fight deadly diseases, including the American Cancer Society (ACS).
A recent report published in the American Cancer Society Journal reveals that health system reform still represents a major hurdle to current cancer care and future breakthroughs in cancer treatment. While cancer mortality rates have dropped significantly over the 24-year period between 1991 and 2015, some demographics did not actually experience improved outcomes. These demographics represent those who have barriers to health care based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic standing, geography, and other factors.
Cancers that could be prevented often go undetected, and thus untreated, in these demographics, leading to mortality rates that would not be present in other groups who benefit from current health systems. Some of the suggested healthcare system reforms in the article include:
- greater access to affordable primary health care,
- better coordination between healthcare providers,
- awareness efforts that promote healthy lifestyles, and
- patient-centered care.