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End of Life Care

Amanda Bennett: End-of-Life Warning at $618,616 Makes Me Wonder Was It Worth It

bloomberg.com | Amanda Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The bills totaled $618,616, almost two- thirds of it for the final 24 months, much of it for treatments that no one can say for sure helped extend his...

End Of Life Care: Starting That Difficult Conversation

Jeanne Fitzpatrick, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Fitzpatrick, M.D.

How to talk about end of life care: the essential conversation that will let you make decisions consistent with your loved one's wishes.

Bishops vs. Patients' Rights

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

I have written how recent changes to Ethical and Religious Directive (ERD) Number 58 compel Catholic hospitals and nursing homes to either disregard y...

Getting The Right Medicine

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

What's missing is a solid discussion of the type and extent of treatments people would want if they were sufficiently informed of their medical options and circumstances.

Finding a Place for Mom (or Dad)

Linda Bergthold | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda Bergthold

For many families, the time will eventually come when mom or dad cannot live alone safely. And woe is the family member who has to deliver that message -- it's best to be prepared.

Laughing All The Way To The Grave

Darryle Pollack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darryle Pollack

Ironically, just hours before Obama appeared on the Late Show, a study was released in time for National Alzheimer's Day. I don't remember hearing about this holiday, but the study is no joke.

Dying Wishes Followed More Often For Whites

forbes.com | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Dying white cancer patients are more likely than black patients to have their end-of-life wishes respected, a new U.S. study shows. Some black patien...

Few Americans Make End-Of-Life Wishes Known

hosted.ap.org | Matt Sedensky | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Unlike most Americans, Lillian Landry made her end-of-life decisions years ago: no heroic measures to save her and even instructions on the bar where ...

Why Healthcare Reform is Good for Older Americans

Kelly Matheson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kelly Matheson

The Elder Justice Act in the health reform bills would finally provide the increased federal resources and leadership to prevent, detect, treat, understand, intervene in and, where appropriate, prosecute elder abuse.

Debate Misses Point of End-of-Life Counseling

Gail Austin Cooney, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gail Austin Cooney, M.D.

As a doctor specializing in palliative care and hospice, I'm disheartened to see how end-of-life counseling was twisted into something sinister and untrue, then ultimately dropped because it was deemed too divisive.

Laughing All the Way to the Grave

Darryle Pollack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darryle Pollack

Death deserves discussion as 77 million baby boomers--known for ushering in the Age of Aquarius--approach the Age of Medicare.

Health Care Reform and Death

Paul Gewirtz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Gewirtz

Death is essentially a taboo topic in public debates, and serious discussion about terminal illness and death has been almost completely lacking in the recent health care debates.

The Truth About End of Life Care

Jeanette Aileen Fuller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanette Aileen Fuller

So much has been said by those who claim to understand what "end of life care" means, and all of it has little if any root in truth. So, I will give you my personal experience with "end of life counseling."

Your Friendly Neighborhood Death Panel Advisors (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Turns out Chuck Grassley was right--DEATH PANELS ARE REAL! It took the muckrakiest folks at Funny or Die to uncover them, but here they are, caught on...

Policies of Fear or Ignorance?

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Mack

Living wills and health care proxies are very critical documents and every independent citizen, young and old, should have these documents within his or her estate plan.

The Medical Myth of "More Is Better"

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

It's been rightly said that the most expensive technology in American medicine is the doctor's pen, because with a flourish of the hand he can order an unnecessary test or surgery.

"Death Panel" Scare Tactic May Backfire on Republicans

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

"Death panels" are made up out of whole cloth by people who specialize in generating fear to protect wealthy special interests -- in this case the health insurance industry.

Stop Using People with Disabilities as the Poster Children for the Republican Attack on Healthcare

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lennard Davis

This rhetorical concern for the disabled is fascinating coming from the right, which has routinely worked against extending accommodations for them under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Why End of Life Counseling Is Imperative

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hale

For loved ones, end of life planning makes one of the most difficult times that much easier to deal with. Instead of helping families plan for this, we are getting fear mongering and stupidity.

End-of-Life Care Might Be Left Out Of Senate Health Bill

Wall Street Journal | JANET ADAMY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The cost of caring for patients who are near death accounts for a big piece of the government's medical spending. But a furor over a provision for gov...

AP Fact Check: No 'Death Panel' In Health Care Bill

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says the health care overhaul bill would set up a "death panel." Federal ...

Death, Dishonesty and the GOP

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Democrats don't want to "kill Granny," but Republicans want to ensure that "Granny" suffers needlessly in death, and that her family deals with the confusion of not knowing what "Granny" wanted.

Stop Distorting the Truth about End of Life Care

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

GOP leadership has been gravely distorting the truth and misrepresenting the facts about the bipartisan effort for the Life Sustaining Treatment Preferences Act.