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Great infographic about Hospice Care in the United States

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.

HOSPICE AT A GLANCEHospice-by-the-numbers

■ 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.