Palliative Care
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FAQs about Palliative Care

Q: Who can benefit from palliative care?

If you are experiencing pain, stress, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping along with other symptoms due to serious illness, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, COPD, Alzheimer's or dementia, you may benefit from palliative care.

Q: What does palliative care do?


Q: Will my insurance cover palliative care?

Most insurance plans cover all or part of palliative treatment you receive. This is also true of Medicare and Medicaid. At Anne Arundel Medical Center, our care management specialists will work with you to answer your questions and concerns about compensation for palliative care if it is a concern to you.

Q: Can I still keep my own doctor?

Anne Arundel Medical Centerís palliative care team provides an extra layer of support in partnership with your primary care doctor. Your primary care physician will continue to direct your care and play an active role in your treatment.

Q: What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?

Palliative care is for anyone suffering a serious illness, at any stage of that illness. It is not dependent on prognosis, and can be given along with treatment to cure the disease.

Hospice provides palliative care for terminally ill patients facing end of life issues. Hospice is provided to patients who have a few months to live and no chance for a cure.

Q: How do I find palliative care?

If you think that palliative care might be right for you or a loved one, ask your primary care physician. You can also call askAAMC at 443-481-4000 to get a referral for one of the palliative care specialists at Anne Arundel Medical Center. These specialists will advise you on your options and whether palliative care is the right choice for you.

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