Study: Leaving hospice care increases costs for cancer patients

09/28/2010 | Reuters

Researchers found higher rates of emergency department care, inpatient admissions and longer hospital stays among cancer patients who stopped hospice care. These patients incurred an average of $30,848 in total medical expenses compared with $6,537 in average expenses for those who remained under hospice care until death. The study provides "clear evidence that leaving hospice is also costly financially," a health expert said.

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