Australia – EurekAlert
Launched today by The Lancet, the ‘Right Care Series’ features major commentaries by Vikas Saini (Lown Institute, Boston), Adam Elshaug (University of Sydney), Paul Glasziou (Bond University), Don Berwick (Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, MA) and others who examine the areas and extent of overuse and underuse of health and medical services.
US – Fosters
Three decades after every other developed nation achieved universal health care coverage – even such equally individualistic societies as Canada and Australia – (the US) cannot even agree on a similar goal, much less work out a means to achieve it.
Finland – BioEdge
A citizen’s initiative to raise the issue of euthanasia in the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta) has passed the requisite 50,000 signatories required to trigger a parliamentary debate.
US – attn.
As people live longer and medicine becomes more advanced, doctors have more ability than ever to hold off death. Yet many people put virtually no thought into whether they actually want their lives extended past a certain point — leading to a raft of unnecessary, unhelpful, and possibly unwanted medical procedures shortly before a person’s death.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology demonstrates that hospice care is associated with better symptom relief, patient-goal attainment, and quality of end-of-life care.
ellenor is set to lead an innovative pilot to increase support for people with palliative care needs- by scaling up its work in care homes and also providing alternative care for dying people transferred to hospital who would be better supported by a hospice.