A new “Visualizing Health Policy” infographic in JAMA provides a snapshot of Medicare and end-of-life care.
Here are the main takeaways:
- 2.1 of 2.6 million total deaths in the United States were Medicare beneficiaries.
- Medicare spending for people at the end of life decreased from 18.6% to 13.5% between 2000 and 2014.
- Medicare spending on hospice also increased during that period, from $2.3 billion to $10.4 billion between 2000 and 2014.
- More than 7 in 10 people aged 65 years and older have not discussed end-of-life care with a physician and 4 in 10 have not documented their end-of-life care wishes.
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