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[Comment] End-of-life care across the world: a global moral failing

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and its funder, the Lien Foundation, have served humanity well by creating a thoughtful way to grade the availability and quality of care for patients near the end of life across the world; their results expose a dismal situation.1 Modern medicine’s focus on mastering each part of the human body and the diseases that make them malfunction has generated remarkable power to sustain life. But this focus, shared by governments and health-care planners, has neglected the dying and their suffering, as if repressing a shameful secret.