Are you a patient or family member?
Palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life for patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Its ethos is based on the understanding that treating patients doesn’t mean just treating their disease; it means treating the patient as a whole and providing physical, psychosocial and spiritual support to alleviate pain and suffering.
Without palliative care, navigating a serious illness can be difficult, uncoordinated and lonely. Palliative care is an extra layer of support and doesn’t stand in opposition to curative care; the two often co-exist side-by-side with the balance shifting over time.
Alignd work with some medical aids but if yours doesn’t contract with Alignd, and you would like to access our palliative care services and support, please get in touch.
If you’d like to find out more about palliative care, and how Alignd.Palliative can work for you and your family, click here to visit our patient hub.
Are you a healthcare practitioner?
There are so many misaligned incentives in the palliative care space: the Alignd.Palliative solution can empower practitioners and reduce costs without compromising quality. Participating in our comprehensive, value-based solution for palliative care means better outcomes for your patients, streamlined processes, time saved, improved reimbursement for you, getting back your autonomy as the expert and cost savings for medical schemes.
Are you a healthcare funder?
Most patients indicate a wish to die at home, but in the South African private sector they are more likely to die in an intensive care or high care unit, frequently receiving aggressive, invasive and non-beneficial care. The consequence for funders is the high cost of care at the end-of-life. It’s estimated that the medical scheme industry will spend more than R20 billion in 2021 on patients in the last year of life. Alignd.Palliative is an easy-to-implement and innovative managed care solution that will save money and empower patients in the managing of serious illnesses.
Perhaps more than in any other area of healthcare, the status quo in palliative care is benefiting no one. The incentives generated by a hospital plan to seek care in an acute setting creates a perverse situation in which patients are dying in hospital when they want to die at home, and where dying at home would have been cheaper for their medical scheme. The lack of meaningful palliative benefits or an established way of paying palliative care practitioners means practitioners are not being fairly reimbursed and often cannot afford to dedicate themselves to palliative practice full time.
We believe there is a huge opportunity in palliative care to improve patients’ experience at the end of life, substantially reduce costs for schemes, and fairly reward palliative care practitioners for the highly skilled services they provide.
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