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where are you? was posted 02/29/2012 01:21 pm by Anonymous
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Unfortunately - you may not realize this - that hospice often has a financial disincentive to give your husband medical treatment. The insurance companies sometimes pay the hospice company one lump sum of money for treatment. So if you have to go get a stent fixed, that could use up the whole lump sum, since surgeon costs are high. Gemzar will also be expensive to them. It is crazy hospice works this way, but it does.

Maybe this is the time to stop this hospice company, start chemo and have the oncologist write a prescription for a regular home health company to visit to help with checking the stent/blood draws/flushing the port etc... Even though Gemzar is considered palliative and should be covered by Hospice, transitioning off hospice may be the easiest way. You can always go back to hospice in the future.

I would also look around for other hospice alternatives. Where are you located? I would be happy to look for you.

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