18 January, 2021

How We Are Dying

India does dismally in a report on end-of-life care. What’s to be done?

Abhijit Bhatlekar
How We Are Dying

For millions of spiritually inclined across the globe, the stairway to salvation leads from the venerable, timeless ghats of Benaras. While the holy city may still be a chosen destination for those in pursuit of nirvana, they may no longer wish to be in India to see their last sunset. If the recently released survey on the best place to die is anything to go by, it is the last country of choice to breathe your last.

According to the ‘Quality of Death’ index, a new study on the provision of end-of-life care, Britain is the best place to end one’s life, while India is the least preferred on a list of 40 leading countries. Commissioned by the Singapore-based philanthropic organisation Lien Foundation, the index is essentially a close look at the quality of life and care made available to the old and the dying in developed and emerging countries.

In practical terms, the quality of death in any part of the world is determined by indicators such as standard of healthcare, government policy and social attitude, public...



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