International access to palliative care: the need to improve
The global supply of palliative care remains low, meeting 10% of current need. And if no changes are being made, with respect to attitudes, policies and funding towards palliative care, the problem will only worsen as global demand is set to increase with the changing demographics. The recognition of palliative care’s potential to greatly improve one’s quality of life while being an economical model of healthcare, is the first step that we must take internationally. That investment into palliative care will reap high returns. Several countries have shown stellar results in the advancement of palliative care, which others can learn and adapt to fit their society’s culture and needs. Much needs to be done quickly before we find ourselves in a state of crisis due to the lack of preparation for future needs.