Palliative Care VS. Hospice Care
A Quick Reference Guide
What do palliative care and hospice have in common?
• Both are comfort care.
• The objective of both is to reduce stress and offer complex symptom relief
related to a serious illness.
• Both address physical and psychosocial relief.
Palliative care is for those seeking curative treatment concurrently. Hospice care is for those with
a prognosis of six months or less who are not seeking curative treatment or are no longer
responding to it.
Hospice and Palliative Care, Side by Side
What is palliative care?
What is hospice care?
• It can begin at the discretion of the physician at
any time, at any stage of illness, serious to end-
• It is supportive care with or without curative
• From office visits to prescription charges, it is
paid for by insurance and/or self-pay.
Check with your health plan for coverage.
• It typically takes place in a hospital.
• It begins when two physicians certify that the
patient has less than six months to live if the
disease follows its usual course.
• It is comfort care without curative intent; patient
is no longer responding to curative treatment or
has elected not to further pursue such
• All expenses related to the terminal diagnosis are
covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private
• It is delivered wherever the patient calls home.
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