Published: | Updated: October 20, 2017

Definition - What does Hospice mean?

Hospice refers to the medical attention given to people with terminal illness. It is meant to alleviate symptoms such as physical pain rather than cure the disease. This term can also refer to the building that provides these supportive treatment.

Insuranceopedia explains Hospice

Those who receive hospice care are often approaching the end of their lives. It is meant to reduce the patient's suffering from the symptoms of disease or the side effects of medication.

Terminally ill patients in the U.S. can get treatment at a hospice facility or receive hospice care at home if it is covered by their insurance. Medicare, for instance, covers hospice care for policyholders.

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