According to the Quality of Death Index, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on Thursday, India has the worst end-of-life-care amongst the other 40 different countries.
What is disappointing about this index is that, not only did India come last, after the developed countries, but also, after the underdeveloped countries, and maintaining the last place on the list, even after Uganda. Surprisingly, the industrially and economically advancing China came at the end of the list as well, followed by Brazil.
The report shows that the UK has the best end-of-life care in the world, with New Zealand and Australia on its heels.
Singapore came in the 18th place, despite the attention its Ministry of Health pays on the end-of-life training and work staff.
Statistics provided by the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, showed that less than 8% of the patients in the world, in need of palliative care, actually receive a proper portion of this care.
Experts on the end-of-life care clarified that the Quality of Death Index depended on its ranking on estimating whether the drugs and painkillers are always accessible and to what extent the work staff is available. Experts added, "In many nations, standards of end-of-life care suffer from inadequate policy, high costs, cultural barriers and poor access to painkillers”.