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Palliative care – a small step… big result…an effort to achieve….

Hospice & Palliative Medicine International Journal
Menka Kapil, Alok Verma, Rateesh Sareen, G N Gupta


Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and treatment of pain and associated problems as physical, psychosocial and spiritual. In India it is relatively a new concept so to understand and practice it is challenging thus small steps progressive to a big result will be achieved if determined .Thus the policies must be made and implemented by government of India which must be taken care by Health sciences and economics as at present, there is no uniform health-care system followed in India like in some developed countries. The universal health insurance system in government and private sector is still in its infancy and most of the population remains uninsured because of great expanses due to inequalities which are related to socioeconomic status, geography, and gender and are compounded by high out-of-pocket expenditures, with more than three-quarters of the increasing financial burden of health care being met by households.


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