By the numbers Hospice care

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1: Number of hospice programs in the U.S. in 1974

3,650: Number in 2004

1.06 million: Number of patients seeking hospice care in 2004

77.3: Percentage of those seeking care in 2004 who were white

8.3: Percentage who were black

57: Average length, in days, of hospice care

Source: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

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