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Palliative care helps critically ill children and reduces costs

The parents of critically ill children insured by Medi-Cal once had to choose between ongoing treatment and end-of-life care. A program to offer a third option, community-based palliative care, was launched in California in 2009.

The program not only improves the quality of life for sick children and their families, a recent report found, it also saves the state money. The Partners for Children program provides families benefits including care coordination, respite care, home visits from a nurse every 30 to 60 days to assess pain and symptom management and in-home massage, music and art therapy.