In Hong Kong, It’s Cheaper to Die in a Nursing Home Than a Hospital, Study Finds

September 12, 2018

(South China Morning Post) – End-of-life care for people spending their last days in a nursing home costs almost a fifth less than for those who die in hospital, a study has found. The findings prompted the head of the Elderly Commission, whose NGO did the study, to suggest officials consider offering more support for end-of-life care in residential homes. The study, by Haven of Hope Christian Service, which offers various health care services including end-of-life care for the elderly, looked at cost incurred and time spent in hospitals during the final year of 169 elderly people. Those studied had stayed in the organisation’s nursing home in Tseung Kwan O between 2010 and last year.