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November 2007 Br J Cardiol 2007;14:275-79

Improving access to financial support for heart failure patients: understanding the claims process and the doctors’ role

Christopher Ward

Abstract

Easily accessible routine clinical data are summarised that identify patients whose claims are most likely to succeed.  Introduction Dr Christopher Ward The financial difficulties of the NHS, including those of cardiac services, are often highlighted in the medical press. However, patients’ financial problems are rarely addressed and the specific issue of helping heart failure patients to obtain their financial entitlements has never been discussed in the Journals. It is now widely accepted that patients with heart failure have similar needs for supportive and palliative care as do patients with cancer: to control physical and psychologica

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