Hospice care provided within the home is typically less expensive than care provided in hospitals, nursing homes, or other long-term care facilities because the bulk of the care is provided by family and friends. Additionally, home-based care tends to have lower monetary expenses attributed to high-end technology devices. Patients receiving hospice services frequently do not have to pay for the costs of hospice care as it is covered by Medicare, Medicaid in most states, and many private insurance plans.
Hospice programs work with patients to help ensure that they are receiving proper care, regardless of financial status and it is common that patients on hospice care do not have to pay for any of the care. Because of this, if you or a loved one is concerned about the cost associated with receiving hospice care, please do not hesitate to call your insurance provider or local hospice company to see what benefits may be available to you. Hospices pride themselves on helping all types of patients receive care and work with patients of all financial backgrounds. If you are not covered under an insurance program and are concerned about the costs of hospice, you still may be able to receive care free of charge as many hospices help provide payments through grants, gifts, donations, and other memorial funds.