by Care Alliance, 9 October 2015
New Zealand is the third best country in the world for palliative care, according to a new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
The United Kingdom and Australia are ranked first and second respectively, and Ireland is fourth. The United States is ninth.The report considered data in five categories to decide an overall Quality of Death Index:
- Palliative and healthcare environment
- Human resources
- Affordability of care
- Quality of care
- Community engagement
Matthew Jansen of the Care Alliance said:
The report shows that New Zealanders can have confidence that high-quality palliative care is available, but there is no room for complacency as our population ages. New Zealand can improve its performance further with extra government funding, as well as more training for the palliative care workforce we will need in the future.