Understanding the cost of end of life care in different settings – Marie Curie Cancer Care – February 2012

Posted on March 28, 2012. Filed under: Health Economics, Palliative Care | Tags: |

Understanding the cost of end of life care in different settings – Marie Curie Cancer Care – February 2012

“Key points
• Around 53 per cent of deaths in England take place in hospital despite the fact that this is the location least preferred by patients.
• Between 92,000 and 142,500 people in England each year have an unmet need for palliative care.
• The estimated cost for a day of community care at the end of life is £145 compared with the cost of £425 for a specialist palliative in-patient bed day in hospital. Changing the setting of care for a patient at the end of life has the potential to reduce the daily cost of care by £280.
• Between 355,000 and 457,000 patients need palliative care every year. If additional community services were developed to enable even 30,000 patients to reduce their hospital stay by just four days, there would be a potential saving of £34 million.”

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