Insuring Your Health: Hospices, Wary Of Costs, May Be Discouraging Patients With High Expenses

Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes: "Many people who are terminally ill delay entering hospice care until just a few days or weeks before they die, in part because they or their families don't want to admit that there's no hope for a cure. … A recent study published in the journal Health Affairs found that there may be another reason that patients don't take advantage of the comprehensive services that hospice provides: restrictive enrollment policies that may discourage patients from signing up" (Andrews, 1/21). Read the column.

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