Updated: 11/8/2020

Health Insurance

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Introduction
  • Medicare and Medicaid 
  • Federal social insurance programs
    • were created as part of the Social Security Act
  • Medicare
    • Covers the elderly (65+ years)
    • Also covers ESRD
    • 2 main parts
      • Part A pays the hospital
      • Part B pays physicians
  • Medicaid
    • For low income people
    • Federal and state components
Hospice Care
  • Hospice care 
    • providing comfort and palliation not a cure
      • priority given to managing pain and comfort despite side effects of treatments
        • e.g., opioids versus respiratory depression
    • must have a life expectancy < 6 months

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