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 Palliative care is a relatively new subspecialist branch of modern medicine. The main focus of palliative care is providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, and improving the quality of life for both patients and their families. This type of care is provided by specially-trained teams of doctors, nurses, and other specialists. As the Chief Operations Officer at Americare, Faivish Pewzner has provided an extra layer of support to people with illnesses such as cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and much more.


Palliative care helps improve the quality of life for patients living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, in cases where classical, curative medicine with its diagnostic-therapeutic or scientific-technological approach can no longer help. Palliative care providers help those patients gain their strength and carry on with daily lives.


This model of care is family-centered, which means that family and caregivers can receive practical and emotional support. As Faivish Pewzner explains, palliative care is provided where the person and their family wants, including at home, in a hospital, in a hospice, or a nursing home. It is focused on helping people live their life as fully and as comfortable as possible. Palliative care is based on individual needs and treats symptoms which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social.


Palliative care starts when there are no more classical treatment methods. A quality palliative care requires a team of experts who have knowledge of palliative medicine. A health care professional providing palliative care must take the time to become familiar with the patient’s values and end-of-life wishes. That’s why development of health providers is a key factor in palliative care. The availability of palliative care shouldn’t be limited to the type of illness, geographical location or socioeconomic status of the person in need of such care.


Recently, Faivish Pewzner analyzed and ranked palliative care programs across the world. The analysis included palliative programs of 80 countries, where lives 85% of the world total population, 91% of which is older than 65 years old.


The United Kingdom ranks on the very top of the list with a best-rated palliative care system. Five other developed countries located in Western Europe (Ireland, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and France) also made the top 10 list, followed by Australia and New Zealand as representatives of the southern hemisphere, the United States, and Taiwan as the best-ranked country from Asia. Although most of the countries that rank high on the list are developed countries of Europe, America, and Asia, there are few exceptions like Chile, Costa Rica and Mongolia, who despite their poor socioeconomic conditions, managed to maintain good palliative care systems through innovative ways or individual sacrifices.


The lowest ranking countries are China (with a total of 23.3 points), and India with 26.8 points out of the possible 100. These overpopulated countries are known to have the worst palliative care programs in the world. At the same time, China is an economically developed country with an accelerated trend of population aging, and increased number of people who need palliative care.

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