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End-of-Life Care for Dementia Patients More Expensive than for other Ailments

A study done by the Geisel School of Medicine’s Jonathan Skinner and colleagues at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University of California, Los Angeles, has found that end-of-life care for dementia patients is far more expensive than end-of-life care for those who die of cancer, heart disease, or other causes, reports The Washington Post. “One reason for the discrepancy is the fact that patients with dementia often require care for many years, and much of the care they need is not covered by insurance. Medicare does not cover health-related expenses such as homecare services, equipment, and non-rehabilitative nursing care, the study said,” reports the Post.

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Date: 30 Oct 2015