What should I ask my doctor about palliative care?

If you are living with serious illness or are simply planning ahead for your own or a loved one's future, having a frank discussion with your doctor is a good idea. Putting things into words, getting more information and asking questions can help you get the kind of medical treatments you want.

Here are some questions to ask your doctor about palliative care:

  • What is palliative care?
  • What are the goals of palliative care?
  • Who is eligible for palliative care?
  • What services are provided through palliative care consultation?
  • How may I access palliative care services?

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