The cancer treatment foundation "The Gift of
Life" supports treatment (medications and procedures) that is indicated
for the patient and evidence-based, that the Health Insurance Fund refuses to
compensate and that has no equivalent alternative covered by the Health
The patient applies for support in co-operation with their treating physician.
In order to apply, the patient fills in and sends the foundation an application
form along with a physician's referral, epicrisis (summary of medical case) and
treatment price calculation.
The patient application form can be found on the Application Form page (in the
upper left corner of this page).
After we have received a duly completed patient application form, the CEO sends
the patient an acknowledgement of receipt.
Should the reply not arrive within reasonable time, there is a chance that
it may not have reached us due to circumstances beyond our control. Should the
reply not arrive, we kindly ask that the applicant checks whether the
application has reached the foundation by calling our CEO Katrin Kuusemäe on +372 55
9 22 221.
If necessary, we ask the applicant or their treating physician for more
The council of the foundation makes a decision about support as soon as
possible, often within a couple of days, but no later than within two weeks.
The reply may only take longer due to circumstances beyond our control.
The foundation does not support already completed treatment whose cost the
patient seeks to compensate retroactively. As a rule we do not support
A necessary condition for receiving support is that the Health Insurance Fund
refuses to compensate the treatment (including exceptionally).
Key principles of support:
at the council meeting on 8 April 2014 (amended 26 May 2016).
- We only support oncological treatment. We prefer supporting
the purchase of medication to supporting treatment procedures (including
those carried out abroad).
- In order to receive support the patient needs to provide us with
a duly completed application along with a treating physician's referral
and a summary of the medical case (epicrisis). The treatment must be
indicated for the patient.
- There must be a clear failure in the health care system for
the patient (the necessary treatment/medication does not form part of
national health insurance and is not covered by the special compensation
of the Health Insurance Fund to the extent necessary). The medication must
have marketing authorisation.
- The council makes its decisions about support according to
- The foundation does not provide long-term treatment
guarantees. It provides support in accordance with the resources available
to it. It guarantees the availability of the medication or treatment until
the date decided by the council.
- The foundation does not compete with the Health Insurance
Fund. The foundation is not able to help everyone who applies. Nor is it
obliged to support anyone. Its decisions may be subjective. The foundation
is more of an additional option for patients (for example, if they need a
medication that is not yet available at a discount, but may soon be so).
- The foundation does not award cash. In the event of the
approval of an application, the foundation covers the applicant’s medical
- Since the foundation has limited resources and because it
seeks to help as many people as possible, it requires patients to provide
as much self-financing as possible. Decisions may depend on the patient’s
own contribution if the foundation has a limited amount of resources and a
large number of applicants.