Nearly a third of all Medicare spending goes toward care of patients in their last year of life. Yet, as discussed in Section I, much of this intensive, costly, high technology care is inappropriate, adding to pain and suffering, rather than relieving it. The alternative, palliative care, another expression for hospice, is medical care that focuses on pain and symptom management for the terminally ill.
KeywordsPalliative Care Cancer Pain Hospice Care Palliative Medicine Schedule Drug
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