This website provides clear and convincing evidence of the urgent need for palliative care, as well as the tremendous burden that has existed for millions of patients as a result of there being essentially no palliative care competency amongst health care workers.
There are tens of millions of people throughout the world, at any given time, who are living with a life-limiting disease that could benefit enormously from palliative care. Besides cancer, these are people with progressive heart, kidney, lung, liver, and neurological disease, all of which have a similar morbidity and mortality. The current health care system essentially only recognizes cancer as a life-limiting disease. The overall design of healthcare in the United States and the rest of the world is essentially only curative and heroic in nature, which results in inappropriate care and mistreatment (malpractice) upon patients with life-limiting diseases. This design also adds substantial extra cost to healthcare in the range of hundreds of billions of dollars a year.