Tim Ihrig

Episode Info:

Did you know that over 75% of Canadians want to die at home? A new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information also revealed that people who access palliative home care services in their last year of life are 2.5 times more likely to be able to do so. Yet, another report tells us that each year, an estimated 40 million people around the world are in need of palliative care and only 14% actually receive it.

In this episode, we have Dr. Tim Ihrig. He is the Chief Medical Officer at Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care. He is also the founder and CEO of Ihrig MD & Associates. Dr. Ihrig has been recognised internationally for combining clinical and administrative experience to improve health care coordination and care delivery systems for the most vulnerable individuals.

Dr. Ihrig’s featured TED Talk “What We Can Do to Die Well” has been viewed more than 1 million times globally. He also co-authored “Palliative Care and Symptom Management.”


  • What palliative care means
  • What he meant by hierarchy of needs
  • On giving people a choice to make life decisions
  • The value healthcare systems currently offer
  • The difference between “being alive” and “living a life”
  • What palliative care in the healthcare system looks like
  • Why people are not being referred to palliative care
  • When is the right time to get palliative care
  • The rights of the family caregiver from a legal standpoint
  • On his book “Palliative Care and Symptom Management”

Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com
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Tim’s TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/timothy_ihrig_what_we_can_do_to_die_well

Tim’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ihrigmd/
Tim’s Twitter: @ihrigmd
Tim’s Email: Tim@ihrigmd.com
Tim’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ihrigMD/

Tim’s Book Contribution: The Art Of Healthcare Innovation by Christina Warner, Essayist Tim Ihrig

Did You Know Segment: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/palliative-care

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