Tuesday, July 2, 2013
How Doctors Die
I’ve discussed this before, but the surest, quickest, most effective way to get health-care costs under control would be to curtail the massively invasive attempts to prolong end-of-life. Something like 80% of all health-care dollars are spent in a patient’s last six months of life.
To get a better perspective, have a look at how doctors choose to die, at least in terms of living wills and other instructions. Basically after a terminal diagnosis their only medical election is pain relievers. No CPR, chemo, expensive testing, medications, experimental techniques. Just a comfortable death.
I hope I have that courage. It’s how I plan to deal with declining health, assuming I have the option.
Chart - Survey of doctors on end-of-life choices
(H/t - The Daily Dish)

How Doctors Die

I’ve discussed this before, but the surest, quickest, most effective way to get health-care costs under control would be to curtail the massively invasive attempts to prolong end-of-life. Something like 80% of all health-care dollars are spent in a patient’s last six months of life.

To get a better perspective, have a look at how doctors choose to die, at least in terms of living wills and other instructions. Basically after a terminal diagnosis their only medical election is pain relievers. No CPR, chemo, expensive testing, medications, experimental techniques. Just a comfortable death.

I hope I have that courage. It’s how I plan to deal with declining health, assuming I have the option.

Chart - Survey of doctors on end-of-life choices

(H/t - The Daily Dish)