Free Hospice for Serigraph Members –
Recent national studies have shown that most people do not want to spend their final days in a hospital. They prefer to die at home or in a hospice. Further, it is a much more prudent way to go in financial terms. The last weeks of life can drain family finances, especially if the hospital stay is a long one. Hospitals often charge as much as $5000 per day. Hospices, in contrast, offer intimate vs. institutional care, and they charge less than one-tenth of the hospital prices. It was, therefore, a no brainer for Serigraph to give people what they want and to encourage them to use a hospice when appropriate. So, the company will now make the facility charges for hospice free. Other charges while there, such as chemotherapy, will be covered under our regular plan. The free service will also apply to hospice nurse charges when the care is delivered in a patient’s home. Serigraph, like most employers, splits its health costs with employees on about a 75-25% basis. Thus, savings from hospice vs. hospital charges flow to the patient and his/her family, to the company and to its co-workers.