Hospice care to me has always been thought of as care provided to patients who are near death. This care uses drugs, including morphine, to make the passing of the patient easier. I recently read an article that really disturbed me regarding Hospice care for patients not near death.
Is Hospice providing service to patients not in need of their type care yet? It appears that some physicians may be recommending patients enter Hospice care programs unnecessarily, and Hospice accepts these type patients. In many cases this is not appropriate or helpful to the well-being of the patient, and in some cases the patient emerges from Hospice addicted to powerful pain killers.
It is most disturbing to think that this is happening in our health care system, and Medicare is being billed for this service by Hospice. Is it time for someone to look into this questionable practice by Hospice?
If you (or your loved one) are referred to Hospice care by a physician and do not feel it is the appropriate care for your medical condition, always seek a second or even third medical opinion. It may prolong your life!
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