Tuesday, July 28, 2009

When Is It End Of Life Care?

It is often claimed that one of the most expensive parts of the US health care system is end of life care. However, do we know at the time that medical care is given that it is end of life care?

Is the designation of end of life care available only after the fact? If we do not know at the time or beforehand, then is there any way to control just the costs associated with end of life medical care? If we cannot know beforehand, then attempts to reduce the costs of end of life care will affect a much broader segment of medical care. Read Donald Marron's post A Note on End-of-Life Health Care.

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