Thinking Outside The Hospice: States Look To Expand Palliative Care Services

Source: Matthew Gever, State Health Notes, Volume 29, Issue 524, September 29, 2008

Historically, palliative care has been seen as the provision of comfort for the terminally ill and those closest to death. In the last decade, however, palliative care has evolved and is now an approach that tries to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illnesses. Along with helping patients and their families cope, palliative care may also offer some cost savings for states.

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