Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Quality of Death International Rankings

A new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked countries according to quality of end of life care. Ranking is based on an index comprising various indicators such as health care spending, life expectancy, access to medication, public awareness and policy environment. The UK comes out on top, Ireland also does relatively well and is ranked 4th. Some of the key findings:

- Drug availability is the most important practical issue
-State funding of end-of-life care is limited and often prioritises conventional treatment
-More palliative care may mean less health spending

More details here.

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