Palliative care in hospital a ‘waste of money’

THE majority of elderly Australians spend their final days in a hospital, but that’s just “bad care” and a waste of money, according to an editorial in the Medical Journal of Australia.

The editorial pointed to a WA-based study that showed of 1000 elderly patients living in the community with a condition “amenable to palliative care”, all but 4% spent some time in hospital during their final year of life.

Seventy per cent had at least one emergency presentation during the year, while almost