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World Hospice & Palliative Care Day - October 14, 2017

 

World Hospice & Palliative Care Day

 Oct 14, 2017:

“Don’t Leave Those Suffering Behind

 October 14, 2017

 (Regina/Saskatoon, SK) – This year’s theme for World Hospice & Palliative Care Day is called, Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care - “Don’t leave those suffering behind”. 

 World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care globally.

 Hospice and palliative care are marginalized issues in healthcare today, and people and families needing these services are often left behind.  Did you know that in 42% of the world’s countries, there is ZERO availability of palliative care!  In only 20 countries is palliative care well integrated into the health care system and 40 million people need palliative care annually including 20 million at the end of life.

 In Saskatchewan, all health regions receive funding for palliative care, however the level of service and quality of care varies greatly between its urban centres and rural areas. By improving palliative care, Saskatchewan can reduce hospital costs, increase quality of life and protect families from a potential crippling financial burden of a terminal illness.

 May World Hospice Palliative Care Day inspire our Saskatchewan residents to contact their respective MLAs, asking that Palliative care be made a priority to all who live here.

 Every person deserves access to quality, affordable health services, including palliative care without being forced into financial hardship.

 Resources:

 WHPCA report: UHC and Palliative Care: Do not leave those suffering behind!  http://bit.ly/2fTgbLk http://www.thewhpca.org/resources/item/uhc-and-palliativecare/

For further information about this release, please contact:

 Jean Morrison, President,

 Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association

 306-655-5802

 

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