6.2.8 Cost savings from palliative care integration into TB programmes

The essential palliative care package need not increase the cost of the routine TB care and treatment significantly, if at all. There is growing evidence that palliative care integrated into health-care systems and including home care can save money for these systems by reducing hospital admissions near the end of life and the length of stay in hospitals (92, 105, 122–125). For patients not expected to survive, a one-time expense may be necessary to refurbish rooms either in institutions or in the home to ensure infection control. Palliative care has also been shown to provide financial risk protection for patients and families (92, 126, 127).

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