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Year 2021
October 2021

[Journal article] Medical Cost of Advanced Illnesses in the Last-Year of Life—Retrospective Database Study

26 Oct 2021

Authors: Palvinder Kaur, Huei Yaw Wu, Allyn Hum, Bee Hoon Heng, Woan Shin Tan

Published in: Age and Ageing, 2021; afab212, https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afab212


  • Average medical costs for end-of-life patients with advanced illness amounted to £20,524 (SGD $ 38,451) in the last one year of life; 80% of which was due to inpatient admissions
  • On the average, patients with non-cancer advanced illness accumulated up to 1.6 times more cost than patients with advanced cancer.
  • With ACP and close collaboration between inpatient clinical team and community providers, it may be possible to redirect some of the acute hospitalisation costs to community-based palliative care services.

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