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Getting Hospice Care Shouldn’t Have To Mean Giving Up
National Public Radio

It’s a painful dilemma for seriously ill Medicare patients: To receive the extra support, counseling and care provided by the program’s hospice benefit, they have to agree to stop receiving curative treatment for their disease.

Faced with that stark either-or choice, many forgo hospice care until the last days of their lives. The median length of time a Medicare patient was in hospice in 2012 was just 19 days, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

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