Redefining hope: Erasing misperceptions about hospice

May 2009
Employee Benefit News;May2009, Vol. 23 Issue 6, p24
The article discusses the benefits of hospice care. The entry notes that hospice care is a feasible option for people whose life expectancy is six months or less. The section cites that there are more than 4,700 hospice programs in the U.S., and are found to be less expensive than conventional care. The report mentions that hospice care reduces the costs of Medicare by an average of $2,309 per patient. The author infers that improving the health care system will involve a campaign to re-define and educate employers and employees about hospice care.


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