Hospice care cannot turn patients down based on their diagnosis or prognosis. However, patients must meet specific eligibility criteria, such as having a life expectancy of six months or less, and they must choose to receive hospice care.
Hospice care is typically available to any individual who meets the eligibility criteria, which includes having a life expectancy of six months or less as determined by a physician. However, there are situations where hospice care may not be appropriate or available.
In some cases, a hospice provider may decline to provide care if they do not have the capacity or resources to meet the needs of the individual. For example, if a hospice provider is at capacity and unable to take on new patients, they may need to turn down a referral for care.
Additionally, if an individual does not meet the eligibility criteria for hospice care, they may be turned down for services. For example, if a person has a life expectancy of more than six months or is not experiencing symptoms requiring specialized end-of-life care, they may not be eligible for hospice care.
However, if an individual is turned down for hospice care, they may still be able to receive other forms of supportive care, such as palliative care or home health services. Discussing all available options with healthcare providers is important to determine the best care for the individual’s needs and circumstances.