South Korea Ranks 18th on Quality of Death Ranking
John Kim, Oct. 8, 2015, 8:40 a.m.
The U.K. has the best environment for people to die comfortably, according to a survey, and Korea ranks 18th among 80 countries surveyed. The Economist Intelligence Unit in the U.K. on Monday released the 2015 Quality of Death Index measuring the quality of palliative care.
It is based on 20 indicators measuring the availability and quality of palliative care, human resources, and community engagement in making their last days easy for the dying. High income was a leading factor, with wealthy countries in first through fifth place. The U.K. scored 93.9 points out of 100, Australia 91.6, New Zealand 87.6, Ireland 85.8, and Belgium 84.5.
Korea ranked 18th with 73.7 points, fourth in Asia after Taiwan (sixth), Singapore (12th), and Japan (14th) and not far behind Norway (13th with 77.4 points) and Switzerland (15th with 76.1).
Korea's ranking this year is 12 notches higher than when it was evaluated first five years ago.