It is well known that doctors themselves are less likely to use heroic medical
means at the end of their lives. A doctor is there to explain options to
people, and one option when you are gravely ill is to go home and let nature
take its course or go into hospice care. Medicare on average pays something
like $100,000 in medical care the last 6 months of someones life, by far the
costliest time. It makes a lot of sense to reimburse physicians for their time
so it won't be as rushed and would make it more likely to happen, and in a
more formal and complete manner. I was so embarrassed to be a GOP
member when the calls of Death Panel were made for something that should be
termed end of life counseling and I'm sure would save millions of dollars.
I have worked in Geriatric health care for almost a decade. We need end of life
planning and realistic treatment options for patients who have no quality of
life and who are being sustained by buckets of pills and frequent
hospitalizations. Not death panels, reality.
Furry,thanks,but with BO, you never know.
@lost in DC 8:09 a.m. June 3, 2014death panels?--------------------Nope. Not death panels. Just common sense
end-of-life preparation. That's part of a doctor's job too.
Ahhhhhh death panels. You can't help terminally ill people plan for the
inevitable without making it a political mountain.Just because
Doctors have been telling people there is nothing they can do and that they are
going to die since the beginning of time doesn't draw one bit away from the
awesome political treachery republicans can make from it. So I guess
Dr's just can't say it, or they can't bill for that hour they
spend consulting with a family of a terminally ill child. Good job republicans -
you're all about family aren't you?