Medicare to test new option covering curative care for hospice patientsBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3357 (Published 16 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3357
- Michael McCarthy
- 1Seattle, USA
Medicare, the US federal health insurance plan for elderly and disabled people, will test a new option for patients who want hospice care but also want to continue to receive care that seeks to achieve a cure.
Currently, Medicare patients who want to receive palliative care provided by hospices must forgo curative care.
Advocates for palliative care contend that this requirement makes many patients …