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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 456--461

Economics of palliative and end-of-life care in India: A concept paper


Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Arunangshu Ghoshal
Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_51_17

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Only a few studies have assessed the economic outcomes of palliative care in India. The major areas of interest include hospice care, the process and structure of care, symptom management, and palliative chemotherapy compared to best supportive care. At present, there is no definite health-care system followed in India. Medical bankruptcy is common. In situations where patients bear most of the costs, medical decision-making might have significant implications on economics of health care. Game theory might help in deciphering the underlying complexities of decision-making when considered as a two person nonzero sum game. Overall, interdisciplinary communication and cooperation between health economists and palliative care team seem necessary. This will lead to enhanced understanding of the challenges faced by each other and hopefully help develop ways to create meaningful, accurate, and reliable health economic data. These results can then be used as powerful advocacy tools to convince governments to allocate more funds for the cause of palliative care. Eventually, this will save overall costs and avoid unnecessary health-care spending.






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