"Is Intergenerational Palliative Care working to save money at the expense of patients?"

About: Princess Alexandra Hospital St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane

(as a relative),

My story is about Palliative Care on the south side of Brisbane. My family member was referred by PA Hospital to a Palliative Care Service run by St Vincent's hospital without knowledge or consent. Something that I did not think would happen in the 21th century. This happened while an outpatient and not yet at a stage where they wished to consider in home Palliative Care. Then I learnt about Palliative Care in Brisbane. I believe it is used as a mechanism to try and reduce public hospital costs by referring people to early palliative care as quickly as possible and encouraging them not to seek hospital treatment for health concerns. There seems to be no concern for the welfare of the patients, it seems purely to be about saving money.

Later, The Palliative Care provided by the PA Hospital in the outpatient clinic and also as an inpatient was of a very low standard, far different I believe from the high quality care that my family has received by other hospital departments.

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