Cost comparison of different models of palliative care delivery

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Comans, Tracy
Nguyen, Kim-Huong
Stafford-Bell, Fiona
Agar, Meera
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2020
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Objective: The aim of this project was to assess the value for money of a modified unit within a residential aged care facility (RACF) for people requiring palliative care at the end of life. Methods: A three-way comparison using a mixed-method costing was used to estimate the per day cost of the unit compared to care in a palliative care unit within a hospital and a standard RACF bed. Results: The cost of the unit was estimated at $242 per day (2015 Australian dollars). The palliative care hospital bed cost $1,664 per day. The cost of a standard RACF bed was $123 per day, indicating that an additional $120 per day is required to provide the higher level of care required by people with complex palliative care needs. Conclusion: A modified RACF unit could provide substantial cost savings to the health budget for selected complex palliative care patients.

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Australasian Journal on Ageing

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Biomedical and clinical sciences

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Comans, T; Nguyen, K-H; Stafford-Bell, F; Agar, M, Cost comparison of different models of palliative care delivery, Australasian Journal on Ageing, 2020

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