How to Pay for End-of-Life Care

| By Meredith Ford

Last week Casa de la Luz hosted a screening of PBS Frontline documentary Being Mortal at The Loft Cinema. We were thrilled to have nearly 300 people turn out for this event, and regretted that we weren’t able to answer everyone’s questions during our panel discussion. For today’s blog, we wanted to take a few minutes to discuss a question we received a couple times that evening–how to pay for end-of-life care.

While the Being Mortal documentary does a great job of looking at how physicians and patients talk to each other about prognosis and at motivating individuals to consider what their end-of-life wishes are, the documentary was not clear about what the financial cost of care actually is.

During the final months of life, patients who choose hospice care frequently have services paid for by Medicare or their insurance provider. The Medicare Hospice Benefit is extensive in its coverage for patients, allowing them to receive not only medical services, but also equipment and medications that are related to the hospice diagnosis. Patients benefit from visits from nurses, home health aides, social workers, and chaplains, in addition to other disciplines as needed and desired.

If you’re unsure about whether or not your insurance provider will pay for hospice care, don’t be afraid to contact your hospice provider of choice to see if they are part of the provider’s network.

If you have questions about hospice care or paying for hospice care in Pima County, call Casa de la Luz at (520) 544-9890. 


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