1 in 2 critically ill patients prefer to die than have a relapse; many fear mounting bills and loss of independence

A survey of 250 critically ill patients and 250 caregivers of such patients found that two in five had spent most or even all their savings battling illness.
A survey of 250 critically ill patients and 250 caregivers of such patients found that two in five had spent most or even all their savings battling illness.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Patients suffering from a critical illness worry not just about their health, but also their financial ability to pay their bills, and many also struggle with emotional and psychological distress.

Half say they would prefer to die than to have a relapse.

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