General practitioners in England have been receiving 50 bonuses for adding patients on secret ‘death lists’ in order to reduce the number of occupied hospital beds.
On average, deaths which occur inside NHS hospitals cost the service around 3,065 (just under $5000), while those elsewhere cost 2,107 (around $3,400).
According to documents seen by the Daily Mail on Sunday, a “key objective” of the project – which underwent a trial period in England’s east – was “to shift the place of death” away from hospitals, thus”reducing …healthcare costs.” He stated his belief that its advocates were mired in financial concerns, and suggested that it may result in insufficient medical care in a patient’s final days.
The doctors received payment for every care home patient they successfully signed up to an end of life plan.
Three months ago, the paper published a report documenting how ambulance crews can choose whether to transport people to hospital if they have stated on their ‘care plan’ that they would like to die at home.
In a new study recently published in Britain’s Lancet, it was found that a separate UK palliative care pathway Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient “provides the same quality of care as that usually provided to cancer patients who are dying in hospital.” In a 2012 letter to the newspaper, six doctors warned that hospitals may be using the scheme to reduce strain on hospital resources
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