Why does dying cost more for people of color? New study takes a deeper look

 In Advance Directive, Advanced Care Planning, End of Life Care, Feature, Palliative Care, Patient Care, Public Health

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Dying in America is an expensive process, with about one in four Medicare dollars going to care for people in their last year of life. But for African Americans and Hispanics, the cost of dying is far higher than it is for whites.

And despite years of searching for the reason, no one has quite figured out why.

A new study by a University of Michigan Medical School team tried to get to the bottom of this expensive mystery with the most detailed study to date. The team published their findings today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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