Hospital Chain CEO Says Biggest Challenge is When to Let Life End
Posted Mar 04 2009 2:52pm
Yesterday, at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, outgoing CEO of Boston hospital giant Partners HealthCare, Dr. James J. Mongan, explained that "as the economy worsens and unemployment and government budget deficits grow, exploding health care costs are becoming a hotter issue than ever. ays one of the very biggest challenges today isn't medical or fiscal -- it's the ethical challenge of when to let life end." "End-of-life issues,'' Mongan said, "will become even more significant as medicine advances and society ages.''