Are For Profit Hospice Placing Profits Over People?
- The for-profit hospice industry grew by 128% between 2001 and 2008, while nonprofits expanded only 1% and government-sponsored hospices jumped 25%.
She did find that patients’ care needs were met in both for-profit and non-profit hospice programs. Her study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
- She reported that non-profits had about 48% of patients with cancer compared to 34% in for-profit hospices while for-profit hospices were much more likely to have patients with dementia than were non-profits.
- For-profit hospices had a higher proportion of patients residing in nursing homes and a lower proportion living at home.
- People at for-profit hospice agencies were also likely to stay longer, an average of 20 days compared to 16 for non-profit hospices.