Prolonging Death is Not Extending Life


[pullquote]Death isn’t a four-letter word, and doctors need to learn that.[/pullquote]


This article brings up a critical issue: Medicare will pay for hugely expensive medical procedures at the end of life, but it will not pay for twenty-four hour home care. Most people would rather be a home when they die, but many people also require good and skilled comfort care. Medicare doesn’t pay for this. This is outrageous and everyone suffers. Huge amounts of money are spent on surgeries and intensive care in the last weeks of life.