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Semin Oncol Nurs. 1994 May;10(2):130-8.

Caring for the indigent patient: resources to improve care.

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  • 1Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Medical Center/Outpatient Clinics, Boston, MA 02130.


Numerous resources can be used to meet the needs of indigent persons with cancer. Most pharmaceutical companies have professional information hotlines and programs to help patients obtain medications when they are unable to pay for them. Most communities provide numerous informational and support services. In order to provide optimal patient care, oncology nurses must be able to make referrals to appropriate community agencies. Programs are also available that provide financial assistance and lodging.

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