The multi billion dollar industry of death. Check out the Huffington Posts investigation of the Hospice industry
For most of us, we never have to think of dying or hospice care until we have been delivered disturbing news that we do not have long to live. For those who need the services that allow someone to be comfortable during their final days, the hospice industry has developed the business model that can address the needs of the dying patient.
Palliative care at the end of life is a growing trend, since most heroic attempts to extend life with surgeries and other treatments often are costly, non curative and may actually prolong suffering. A growing movement toward palliative care recognizes the need to a better way for us to live out the rest of our lives with dignity and as comfortably as possible.
Unfortunately, it seems corporate greed has taken over the hospice industry and has placed profits over humanity in certain hospice companies. The Huffington post looks at this disturbing trend. Check out Hospice Inc.
Hospice Inc; How Dying Became A Multibillion-Dollar Industry
By Ben Hallman
Evelyn Maples’ last day as a hospice patient wasn’t anything like her family imagined when the nurse from Vitas Healthcare first pitched the service two months before.
On the morning of Dec. 31, 2011, Maples’ daughter, Kathleen Spry, found her mom unconscious and gasping for breath, with her eyes rolled back in her head. Maples was at a Vitas inpatient facility on Merritt Island, 30 miles from the home the two women shared on Florida’s east coast. No one from Vitas had called to warn the family that the woman everyone called “granny” was in sharp decline, Spry said. No one from Vitas had sought treatment for the blood infection that had made her severely ill, despite the family’s standing request that she receive life-saving care in the event of a crisis.
Frantic and near tears, Spry called her son, David Dunn, who demanded an ambulance. Maples was taken to a nearby hospital, where she recovered from the infection. But her fragile health was permanently compromised, her family claims. She died a month later.
Hospices exist to provide comfort to people who doctors determine are at the end of their lives, with six months or less to live. The paramount objective, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a trade association, is to make patients comfortable, with a focus“on enhancing the quality of remaining life.”