Who Pays for Hospice?

Modern medicine’s greatest strengths are also its greatest weaknesses.

With a focus on curative care a person could live months to years with a terminal diagnosis, but the life they lose in those years is not ideal.

This all changed when hospice became widely used as an option for both patients and families dealing with the end stages of an inevitably terminal illness. Who pays for Hospice Care? This question can be answered by first explaining what hospice care is exactly. Fundamentally it is about providing relief from symptoms and stress of a terminal illness so that someone can enjoy their remaining days instead of spending them in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

To this effect, hospice providers offer: nursing care, medical supplies and treatments (which may or may not be covered by insurance), emotional support to both the patient and family, and guidance on how to prepare for death. Who Pays For Hospice Care? Who pays for hospice care depends upon the situation of the patient. Medicare may cover all care that is considered medically necessary, which can include things like doctor visits, prescription medications, lab tests, treatments (chemo/radiation), etc.

What other options are available for paying for hospice care? Most private insurances will also pay unless they feel there was a pre-existing condition, or it is not part of their benefit plan. Most people who cannot afford hospice care do qualify for government assistance like Medicaid or indigent programs offered in many states specifically designed to help those who cannot afford to pay themselves.

Fairmont Hospice is the Premiere Hospice provider in the Houston and surrounding areas.  All services from Fairmont Hospice are tailored to each patient’s needs and wishes, ensuring that they get to live their life as fully as possible until the moment of death.

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