Cancer patient who couldn't afford treatment reportedly received credit payment the day after he died

Jan 14, 2019
11:07 A.M.
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Mark Scholfield had an advanced form of mouth cancer and was given six months to live. He could not afford the necessary treatment, which caused him extra stress. However, his loved ones did not have to pay his bills after he passed away.


Mark’s only option was to ensure that he was kept as comfortable as possible at all times. He was 62 years old when he received his diagnosis.

His partner, Jill Fennell, had always assumed they would grow old together until Mark received the news from his doctor. Then she decided to make every minute they had left together count.

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Mark and Jill were advised by a Macmillan nurse to apply for funding through the fast-track Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

He did not receive money from them in time, and as a result, he spent his last few months living from day to day on the little bit that he had earned as a self-employed musician.


Mark’s account received the funds from the ESA the day after he passed away. This helped Jill to pay off her late partner's medical bills.

Jill claims that the medical funding system in the UK is inefficient as the nurse initially applied for the wrong type of aid and then Mark was made to go through a cumbersome admin process to ask for the correct one, despite being terminally ill.



While the UK is struggling with the NHS, the US is having problems with Medicare. Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying to improve this situation.


Alexandria has been vocal about her criticism of Medicare, by stating that every American should have access to healthcare.

She has the support of 70% of the country but is struggling to get the motion passed in government.

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