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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can receive Palliative Care services?

The Palliative Care service will provide care to patients and their loved ones who are experiencing a serious or life-threatening illness regardless of diagnosis or ability to pay.

Will my regular care team continue to be involved?

Yes. The Palliative care team serves in a consultative role to your regular provider who will continue to be in charge of your care.

How can patients receive Palliative services?

Patients, their loved ones, patients' physicians, and other hospital staff can refer the patient to the Palliative Care Service.

How is Palliative Care different from Hospice?

The Palliative Care service can provide care during any phase of a person's illness. Hospice care provides services to those patients who are felt to be living in their final six months.

How can I support Palliative Care patients and families?

Donations to the Boston Medical Center Palliative Care Service help support patients and their families. If you wish to donate to Palliative Care, please click on Giving Search Page and search "Palliative Care" in the fund search field to identify and select the Palliative Care fund.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Donate online or mail your contribution to (please make check payable to: Palliative Care):

Boston Medical Center
Office of Development
801 Massachusetts Ave, 1st floor
Boston, MA 02118

[email protected].

Other Questions?

For more information, please call: 617.414.7591, or contact your healthcare provider.