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"As more hospices enroll patients who aren’t dying, questions about lethal doses arise"

Because markets. Really, the headline says it all.

But the boom has been accompanied by what appears to be a surge in hospices enrolling patients who aren’t close to death, and at least in some cases, this practice can expose the patients to the more powerful pain-killers that are routinely used by hospice providers. Hospices see higher revenues by recruiting new patients and profit more when they are not near death.

Hospices are great. But hospices run for profit are not so great, especially if the profit comes from giving patients who are not dying powerful drugs.

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