Monday, November 23, 2009

End of Life Care in the News

The State of Aging and End of Life
KMBZ Radio
November 21, 2009

53 minutes 51 seconds

The task of making our medical wishes known during a serious illness or at the end of life is much more complicated now that it’s part of a political debate. John Carney, Vice President of Aging and End of Life at the Center for Practical Bioethics, explains in this edition of Health Talk on KMBZ Radio, Kansas City.

The Cost of Dying
60 Minutes
CBS News
November 22, 2009

Last year, Medicare paid $50 billion just for doctor and hospital bills during the last two months of patients' lives. And it has been estimated that 20 to 30 percent of these medical expenditures may have had no meaningful impact.

You might think this would be an obvious thing for Congress and the president to address as they try to reform health care. But what used to be a bipartisan issue has become a politically explosive one.

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