Healthcare reform bad for seniors?
Starting to see and hear more about aging and end of life provisions in proposed health reform measures.
A guest column in the New York Post by the former lieutenant governor of New York, Betsy McCaughey, states in part:
One troubling provision of the House bill compels seniors to submit to a counseling session every five years (and more often if they become sick or go into a nursing home) about alternatives for end-of-life care (House bill, p. 425-430). The sessions cover highly sensitive matters such as whether to receive antibiotics and "the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration."
This mandate invites abuse, and seniors could easily be pushed to refuse care. Do we really want government involved in such deeply personal issues?
When you read the language in the bill, it sounds a lot like rather basic advance care planning. The link to the entire bill … 1,018 pages … is:
You can scroll down rather easily to pages 425 to 430.
What do you think?