Journal article

Aligning policy objectives and payment design in palliative care

7 Mar 2018
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Abstract

Background: Payment models for palliative care vary across nations, with few adopting contemporary payments designs that apply to other parts of the health system.

Aim: To propose optimal payment arrangements for palliative care.

Approach: Review of relevant literature on funding mechanisms in health care generally and palliative care in particular.

Results: Payment models for palliative care should move toward activity-based funding using an agreed classification, be uncapped funding with performance monitoring, and make explicit use of performance metrics and reporting.

Conclusions: If palliative care is to become a universally accessible service, new approaches to funding, based on the experience of funding reforms in other parts of the health system, need to be adopted.

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doi: 
10.1186/s12904-018-0294-4
Volume: 
17
Issue: 
42
Language: 
License Type: 
CC BY
Published year only: 
2018
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