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Published: Friday, Nov. 29 2013 10:45 a.m. MST

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My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Its very doubtful that this question was posed to its survey group in the manner is it written or stated in this lie. Its more likely the people, Most Americans, thought this question was in relation to unaccountably not godly powers, we are not stupid enough to believe or empower doctors as gods.

Life at any cost is homicidal to our rights and individual choices that would empower the medical industry and hospitals to bleed a patients familial to death and poverty to profiteer by assuming godly power of biological ownership of a persons physical body forever.

This faked report is a lie and no one has the right of make life and death decisions for the purpose of financial profiteering, and I think the study is a hoax and lie and another financial racket.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Dollars and sense is mixed up. If I'm stressed I'm thinking self preservation. I don't want to be alone without my girl. The dollars will fly even tho the exasperation date has came. Who has the finial say. If my exasperation date comes I want to make sure my girl can be OK I don't want to take all the money and leave.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Re:My2cents
"This faked report is a lie and no one has the right of make life and death decisions for the purpose of financial profiteering, and I think the study is a hoax and lie and another financial racket."
Wow.
Pew is a well-respected organization. You can read the report, questions, methodology and results using Google. I'm surprised there was no link to the report included with the article.

In my experience of working in a hospital for over 12 yrs, it seems generally medical professionals give deference to families regarding end-of-life care. Good communication is essential, remembering that medicine is an "art." Course of illness and results of treatments can be somewhat unpredictable and change from day-to-day.

More often than not, the complications and conflicts arise within families themselves when different factions don't agree with the other in the level/amt of care to provide. Every person should inform themselves and have a written advance directive and living will, as well as discuss with family members and Drs. their desires for end-of-life care.

Bob K
porland, OR

Something in the culture has got people thinking: "Hold, on Grandma, the miracle doctors will save you" -- resulting in HUGE medical costs and a lot of suffering.

Doctors and hospitals and labs get money for continued "treatment".
Doctors and hospitals avoid lawsuits by ridiculously over testing and over treating.

This needs to change -- but the Medical Lobby and right-wingers twisted the proposed solution into "Obama wants death squads to kill Grandma"

Grandma typically is in too bad a shape to clearly consent to all the over treating nonsense, or she may agree because the relatives beg her.

Good doctors know when further treatment is futile and quality of life will be terrible for the patients
-- if money would get out of the way, we could listen to them.

Again, hospitals and doctors make no money off funerals, but they make plenty from keeping people "alive" who are, in reality, the same as dead.

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