In this international survey of end-of-life care The Economist Intelligence Unit observes that good palliative care is often not available to reduce the suffering of those who are dying. According to the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, while more than 100 million people worldwide would benefit from hospice and palliative care annually, less than 8% of those in need access it.
Britain, the survey concludes, is a country where palliative care is of a high standard. "The UK leads the world in quality of death; many developed nations must work to catch up. The UK has led the way in terms of its hospice care network and statutory involvement in end-of-life care, and ranks top of 40 countries measured in the Index".