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  • To study the challenges faced by the beneficiary while using the government-funded health schemes for the treatment of cancer patients at Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai.

  • To study the challenges which are faced the staff of Tata Memorial Centre while enrolling the patient into the government-funded health schemes and Philanthropic fund support for the treatment of cancer in Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai.

  • To study the Out of Pocket Expenditure (OOPE) of the beneficiary who are taking cancer treatment under the government-funded health schemes in Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai.

Research Location


Cancer is an important public health problem. As per Tata Memorial Hospital’s -Hospital Based Cancer Registry data (HBCR) treatment completion rate of cancer patients is less than 50%. Most of the patients did not complete the cancer treatment due to lack of financial and family support, social stigma and long queues for the treatment. It affects badly on the survival of cancer patients. Though there are several health schemes available in Tata Memorial Centre for the poor patients still the treatment completion rate has not improved. To address this issue a present study is proposed.

Study design:Observational, cross-sectional study

Sample size: 550 (500 Patients from TMH/ACTREC+50 TMH/ACTREC employees from MSW, MJPJAY and PMJAY counter)

Study Duration: 1 Year (6th September 2021 to 5th September 2022)

Subject recruitment: Subject recruitment is ongoing. The project team had completed the interviews of the staff involved in the scheme. Only a few interviews of beneficiaries have been left to complete the sample size.


On Going...


Interviews conducted by TMH Staff

Mrs. Amruta Mhatre collecting data from patients

Mrs Prachi Joshi collecting data from patients

Mr Mahadev Bhise collecting data and interacting with patients.

Mr. Narpat Padvi collecting data from patients