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About Palliative Care

The Difference Between Palliative Care & Hospice

Palliative care service is based in the hospital and can provide care during any phase of the patient's illness, even from the time of diagnosis. And, it may be given at the same time as curative treatment.

Hospice care always provides palliative care. However, it is focused on terminally ill patients—people who no longer seek treatments to cure them. Team members can help with the transition to hospice care, if needed.

Who Receives Palliative Care

The palliative care service welcomes patients and family members who are facing a serious or life-threatening illness, regardless of diagnosis or ability to pay.

The costs palliative care is usually covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance carriers. Our staff will contact your insurance company to confirm coverage and will discuss other payment options with you, if necessary.

The patient's physicians will continue to be involved during palliative care.

How to Refer Patients

The palliative care service welcomes hospital and outpatient referrals, as well as requests for information, from health care providers, patients and family members at 312-926-0001.

Last UpdateJune 23, 2011

Appointments

For more information or to make an appointment please call 312-926-0001.

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