Delayed Hospice Care Common for Dialysis Patients

May 25, 2018

(Reuters) – Very few Medicare patients on dialysis receive hospice care at the end of life, and when they do, they’re often enrolled too briefly to fully benefit from these services, a U.S. study suggests. Medicare, the U.S. health insurance program for the elderly that also covers Americans with kidney failure, will not pay for dialysis and hospice at the same time. This forces terminally ill patients to choose between continuing on dialysis or accessing hospice care, which may provide more comfort and support at the end of life, researchers note in JAMA Internal Medicine.