10 FAQs: Medicare’s Role in End-of-Life Care

(Source – Kaiser Family Foundation)

About three-quarters of the 2.5 million people who die during the year in the US are ages 65 and older, making Medicare the largest insurer of health care provided during the last year of life.1  In fact, roughly one-quarter of traditional Medicare spending for health care is for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in their last year of life—a proportion that has remained steady for decades.2  The high overall cost for health care received in the last year of life is not surprising given that many who die have multiple serious and complex conditions. Read more…

 

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