Choices at the End of Life -- Better Quality, Lower Costs
Posted Jan 23 2010 4:56am
An excellent article in today's LA Times, nicely weaves together the latest research on end-of-life cost, quality of life, advance care planning, and Medicare legislative proposals. The first paragraph is a great roadmap to the article:
Every year, billions of dollars are spent in the United States to treat terminally ill patients during their final year of life. Tests, procedures and hospitalizations do little to prolong or improve the quality of that life, research suggests, and in fact may make the final days of terminal illness more emotionally upsetting for patients and their families.