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What is palliative care, and who can benefit from it?

November 12, 2019

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Ashwini Bapat, MD, Contributor

Dr. Ashwini Bapat is thrilled to work as an attending palliative care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her undergraduate education at McGill University; her medical degree at Tufts University; and completed her internal medicine … See Full Bio
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November 17, 2019

The goal of Palliative Care is maximizing comfort for all involved. In my personal experience, I have found that Palliative Care is beneficial not only for patients with terminal diagnoses, but for any patient with any serious condition and, equally importantly, for the patient’s caregivers as well.

Dorothy Knightly
November 12, 2019

How can you say Palliative care improves the quality of life when the patient is overdosed with Morphine and sleep’s 24/7? Who’s quality of life are we talking about? The Palliative care Dr. and the Hospital are the only ones reaping any benefit’s. It certainly isn’t the patient or the family!

November 11, 2019

Cost, cost, how much does it cost? Is it available in rural areas? Small towns not near much larger cities? Are insurers required to pay for pallative care? If not, sounds like a great idea that many people may be unable to benefit from, even if they and their families would benefit.

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