What is the Cost of Hospice Care?

Nobody with an end of life or terminal illness is ever turned away because of inability to pay.

After meeting with you and discussing your needs, the intake coordinator at Graceful Palms Hospice will verify insurance benefits to determine hospice coverage. If you do not have insurance, our social workers will work with you and your family to find funding options.

Hospice is an elected benefit of most insurance plans including Medicare, Medi-Cal/Medicare covers the cost of most clinical staff visits, medications, home equipment and supplies related to the terminal illness and comfort of a patient. Every insurance company is a little different, but many have inclusive plans similar to Medicare.

To be eligible for coverage under Medicare Part A, a patient must be certified by his /or her physician and by the medical director at Graceful Palms Hospice as having a medical prognosis that the patient's life expectancy is six months or less under the normal course of the illness. Additionally, the patient has to elect hospice care indicating their acceptance of palliative care and no further curative care. Payment for the care will generally be provided by Medicare, Medi-Cal, or private insurance. Other payment options will be discussed with patients on an individual basis.