Hospice Numbers in the United States
Hospice care is a large and growing type of medical care in the United States but there are still numerous misconceptions about it.
■ 1.58 million people were in hospice care in the United States in 2010 — more than double from 2000.
■ The word hospice comes from the Latin “hospes,” meaning to host a guest.
■ The service is for people who have a terminal disease or condition that is expected to result in death inside six months or less.
■ Two of the biggest misconceptions about hospice: that it is a place, instead of a philosophy of care; and that it is for a person’s final days.