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“Everyone’s Entitled to End-of-Life Care,” No Matter Your Finances

June 27, 2012

When Ladies’ Home Journal followed a hospice nurse around for an article about end-of-life care, they discovered some things that surprised them. For one, everyone can get hospice care, no matter your financial situation. Did you know that?

Plus, hospice isn’t just for cancer patients. According to a behind-the-scenes article about the piece:

When hospice care started to become available in the United States in the 1970s, it was mostly for end-stage cancer patients. While cancer diagnoses still account for a third of hospice admissions, people with other terminal diseases such as heart disease and dementia now make up the majority, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. We were surprised to learn that everyone’s entitled to end-of-life care, whether you have the ability to pay or not. The costs are usually covered by insurance plans, Medicare or Medicaid.

The article also notes the commonly uttered lament that people tend to call hospice much later than they could because they don’t want to feel like they’re giving up.

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Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.

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