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Eligibility for Hospice Care

  • Two physicians must certify that the patient has a terminal illness and is expected to live six months or less.
  • The hospice must determine that care can be provided in safe surroundings.
  • The patient must give “informed consent” that is, be informed about the goals and purposes of hospice care.
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Hospice care is available regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religious belief, diagnosis or disability.