Who is eligible for Medicare Hospice benefits?


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In order to be eligible for Medicare hospice benefits, the patient seeking benefits must be eligible for Medicare Part A coverage. The person's personal care physician must also certify that the patient is terminally ill.

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Patients must have six months or less to live according to doctor certification, as well as under palliative care rather than seeking a medical or surgical cure for the terminal illness. The patient is also required to sign a statement indicating that he chooses hospice care rather than standard treatments that are covered by Medicare. Once the patient chooses hospice, Medicare no longer covers standard treatments.

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