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How to ease access to palliative care

Palliative care is increasingly recognized as a vital patient care treatment model. Unfortunately, we created a new specialty but forgot to create an insurance mechanism to pay for it. Access to palliative care as a result, is limited and nonexistent for outpatient care.


This article highlights the need for providing insurance compensation for this critical patient care service. While this observation is an important one, the proposed solution is overly complex.


We should make access to palliative care easy and encourage its use. All palliative care should be deemed medically necessary and not subject to the absurd coding requirements.

In my book, The Journey’s End, I provide a detailed reform recommendation to make palliative care easily accessible without coding.

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