Hospice care has risen dramatically in the last decade in the United States, quadrupling in size according to a recent Huffington Post investigation. In the hospice data visualization below, we break down the size and cost of the hospice industry by state. Alaska has a high number of hospice facilities (per capita), but not as many patients, whereas Iowa has the largest number of per capita hospice beneficiaries. Idaho, a large, rural state like Alaska, also has more facilities than average and about 4.4 hospice patients per 100,000 people.
In her recent TBR piece, “A Good Death in Idaho,” Ruth Ray Karpen explains the history of dying in Idaho and looks at some of the trends that make Idaho an increasingly appealing state in which to die. Use the visualization below to explore hospice data on all 50 states.
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