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There is evidence, for example, that funding hospices in the United States has led to financial stability, thus encouraging long-term planning including care for non-cancer patients. Policies for palliative care need to be linked to other health care policies for older people, and to specific diseases such as heart disease and dementia. Ensuring palliative care is integral to health services Policy-makers need to ensure that palliative care is integral to the work of all heath services and is not seen as just an “add-on extra”.

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