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Economic and health-related consequences of individuals caring for terminally ill cancer patients in Canada

Konrad Fassbender and Lindsey Sutherland

in A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599400
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739170 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.003.0032
Economic and health-related consequences of individuals caring for terminally ill cancer patients in Canada

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Evaluating the costs of end-of-life care for society means looking beyond the costs (i.e., economic consequences) of publicly-provided end-of-life care (e.g., palliative care services). This chapter therefore extends that focus to contributions and consequences associated with caregivers. It covers both the health and economic consequences of providing unpaid care to the dying, assesses whether governmental support helps alleviate these consequences, and identifies appropriate levels of financing and delivery of services directed to caregivers. It suggests that the potential benefits of referral to palliative care programmes, use of palliative home care, and use of federal caregiver benefits, be considered. It also argues that without adequate knowledge and support, caregivers will suffer and cause an inefficient use of health care resources.

Keywords: caregivers; end-life-care costs; health care; palliative care programmes; palliative home care; federal caregiver benefits; public health

Chapter.  5286 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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