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Dr Cicely Saunders was the founder of Hospice. Her focus was on quality of life instead of aggressive treatments for those with terminal illnesses. Dr Saunders believed in the principles of caring & compassion.
The Medicare benefit is based on government payment. It does focus on end of life care. Nurses, CNA’s, social workers & spiritual advisers are valuable resource that are also provided.
You give up your medical insurance when you choose this benefit. Therefore, you are unable to access restorative treatments. In most cases, you will no longer see your primary doctor.
Hospice is a useful program. It helps patients and families during difficult times.