The Chamber of Deputies converted into law this morning the bill that ensures patients’ access to comprehensive benefits on palliative care in the public, private and social security spheres, and support for their families. The initiative was approved by a large majority: 218 affirmative votes and one negative.

What does the bill on palliative care contemplate?

The palliative care initiative that aspires to become law seeks to develop a person-centered interdisciplinary care strategy that addresses the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of patients suffering from life-threatening and/or limiting illnesses.

It is also proposed to promote access to both pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies available and based on scientific evidence for palliative care; and promote undergraduate and graduate professional training, continuing education, and research in palliative care.

The text of the bill approved by the Senate in October 2020 defines palliative care as “a model of care that improves the quality of life of patients and families facing problems associated with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses.”

This treatment is done “through the prevention and relief of suffering through the early identification, evaluation and treatment of pain and other physical, psychological, social and spiritual problems.”

Source: Argentine Deputies