A woman with brain cancer in Britain complains that the travel rules imposed to counter the spread of the Corona virus have added a large financial burden on the costs of her treatment in Germany.
Natalie Paul discovered she had brain cancer in 2017. After the chemotherapy failed, Natalie began a treatment program in Cologne, Germany.
But it is facing steep costs due to the new rules related to the Coronavirus as well as Brexit.
The British government says it is considering establishing medical exemptions from travel rules for the Coronavirus.
The new rules, imposed last week, require travelers to take a Corona virus test before leaving Britain, as well as on the second and eighth days of the quarantine period after their return. Individuals bear the cost of these tests.
Because Natalie, 30, does not allow her health to travel alone, her parents travel with her.
Natalie expects the tests for all of them to cost up to 1,800 pounds per flight, in addition to travel costs and the treatment she receives in Germany.
Natalie is receiving treatment with the polyp or dendritic cell vaccine.
Dendritic cells help the immune system to recognize and attack foreign cells, and when these dendritic cells grow alongside cancer cells in the laboratory, they can be used later to stimulate the immune system to attack cancer, according to Cancer Research UK.
This research is still at an early stage, so this technology is not available in Britain.
A single treatment costs around 56,000 pounds, to be born by Natalie.
Natalie created a financial aid request page titled GoFundMe, but she has no idea how many therapy sessions she will need.
Her mother, Liz Paul, said: “The additional costs that we face now will eliminate the money we want to raise for treatment, which is absurd.”
The family also faces additional costs related to Brexit, such as the permits required to be able to drive in Europe.
“We couldn’t really have picked a worse time to go to Germany for this treatment, but we don’t have the luxury of waiting,” said Natalie’s mother.
“We have to start with that now while Natalie is still in a good condition to receive treatment,” she added.
This situation led the “brain tumor charity” in Britain to ask the government to bear the costs of the Corona virus tests at least.
“We are reassured to hear that people will be getting medical relief,” said Sarah Lindsale, chief executive of the charity.
“But in reality, if people are paying for their treatment, then surely the healthcare authority must pay for their tests.”