Feds to consider paying doctors for end-of-life planning

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  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    June 6, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    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.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    June 3, 2014 4:03 p.m.

    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.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 3, 2014 12:08 p.m.

    but with BO, you never know.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    June 3, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    @lost in DC 8:09 a.m. June 3, 2014

    death panels?


    Nope. Not death panels. Just common sense end-of-life preparation. That's part of a doctor's job too.

  • I see nothing! Casa Grande, AZ
    June 3, 2014 8:25 a.m.

    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?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 3, 2014 8:09 a.m.

    death panels?