MedPage Today March 16, 2023
Maria Torroella Carney, MD

— Hospice benefits should be expanded

When the news recently broke that Jimmy Carter, who first announced he had metastatic melanoma in 2015, was entering hospice care, many media resources reported that the former president “decided to forgo further medical treatment” and enter hospice care.

The reports further drive the misconception that hospice care isn’t medical care.

As a geriatrician with a focus on palliative medicine, I believe it’s imperative to clarify that hospice care is not “forgoing” medical treatment or care — far from it. In fact, it is a model of medical care focusing on symptoms and whole person care at end of life.

In my clinical role as a specialist caring for older adults, I care for...

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