Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2012 Dec;15(4):183-187.

Policy on Hospice and Palliative Care in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Hospice and Palliative Care Branch, National Cancer Control Institute, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea. eunice.ncc@gmail.com

Abstract

The importance of palliative care for terminal cancer patients has been emphasized globally. Korea has formulated and implemented its policy for cancer control as it drew up a 10-year plan for cancer patient care. We examined Korea's National Cancer Act and the second 10-year plan for cancer patient care, which are legal grounds for palliative care projects for terminal cancer patients, to check the current status of Korea's efforts to establish a hospice and palliative care system. Institutionalization of hospice and palliative care has been developed within a framework of the national cancer project. Efforts such as expansion of hospice units, experts training and quality improvement should continue after the reimbursement of hospice and palliative care begins in 2013.

Keyword

Hospices; Palliative care; Policy

MeSH Terms

Hospices
Humans
Institutionalization
Korea
Palliative Care
Patient Care
Quality Improvement
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