Understanding the cost of end of life care in different settings

Source: Marie Curie  

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report from Marie Curie’s considers the economic impact of providing care to patients in the community, rather than in the acute setting and presents a clear argument for the development of high-quality community-based care.  Marie Curie estimate:

  • community care at the end of life costs £145 per day
  • specialist palliative in-patient care costs £425 per day
  • changing the setting of care could reduce daily costs by £280.
  • between 355,000 and 457,000 patients need palliative care annually.
  • If community services were developed to enable just 30,000 patients to reduce their hospital stay by just four days, there could be a saving of £34 million.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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