The shock came with the bill from Hospice, which the Dr's, nurse & Social
worker understated the cost. It cost $5,000 per month. The Dr. came to the
home only one time. We would wait and wait, with a nurse coming one time a
week. A social worker came. I just never saw $5,000 worth of care. No one was
at the home 5 days a week like the example in the story, we were on our own much
of the time. It's just so expensive.
jrgl: Your comments surprise me. My mother had advanced Alzheimer's and when
her doctor, in his belief, that she would not live more than 6 months, referred
us for hospice care in my home. The care they provided was wonderful. They
provided a nurse's aid twice a week for help in bathing, changing linens, etc.
A nurse came once or twice a week for medical assessments. The hospice doctor
visited a couple of times during the 6 months she was under their care. When
death seemed very near they provided a full time nurse for a couple of days
until she passed. They provided all her medications, diapers, a fully
adjustable hospital bed and a wheel chair. I didn't pay one penny out of pocket
for this service. Medicare paid for everything. I have no idea what happened
in your case.
kanaka818:We were private pay, not medicare.
The good thing about Hospice was that there was a number to call for help, 24
hours a day. An answering service would page a nurse to call back. We didn't
have to go to the ER anymore. There was a DNR in place. I should note that a
three day hospital stay prior to being released to Hospice cost $19,000 (no
surgery or anything) so it is less than hospital care. We used the Hospice
featured in this story in Utah. I just felt like the nurse, social worker and
Dr needed to know that their estimate of "no cost - we're non profit" to
the social worker estimating it would be just under $3,000 a month were both
wrong. The shocker was the $5,000+ bill each month. I think the Hospice people
need to know what it costs & be willing to disclose the costs up front so
that the consumer is aware so that it is not such a shock when the bills arrive.
That is a problem with all of medicine I know. Even with insurance there is so
much that is not covered with deductibles and copays.
CareSource was wonderful when they cared for my grandparents, who passed away
last year 3 1/2 months apart from each other. I felt like they prepared my
mother and her siblings with what to expect as they declined. As a grandchild,
I was pleased with the care we all received from the staff at the center when my
grandfather was there, and from those who cared for my grandmother so she could
pass peacefully at home. I strongly advocate for hospice care!