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Who pays for Hospice?

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits and most private insurance policies when certain requirements are met. 


  1. Two doctors, often your doctor and the hospice doctor, agree that the patient has 6 months or less to live should the illness run its natural course.

  2. The patient chooses hospice care instead of treatments with curative intent and signs a statement to this effect.

  3. The hospice program the patient chooses is Medicare-approved. 

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