Hospice Under the Medicare Wing

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Beginning in November 1983, Medicare will cover certain hospice services provided in the home. The political maneuvering which preceded passage of this legislation is traced. The original bill was amended to reduce counseling services and the period of coverage, and to cap costs at 40% of the average Medicare cost for the last six months of a cancer patient's life. The legislation has been hailed by the press, though some critics are troubled by the provision that those opting for hospice care under Medicare must forego traditional life prolonging services.

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Hastings Center Report