End of Life in America

September 18, 2014 8:57 PM

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End of Life in America

On Wednesday, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a 507 page study aimed to open up the debate regarding how the US healthcare system treats those nearing death. The non-profit organization that is a part of the National Academies (which advises the US government on scientific and technical issues) derived its study from allegations surrounding the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Doctors were advising elderly patients about end-of-life issues that would be a part of “death panels”. That legislation never passed. Doctors need training in how to talk to patients about planning for their deaths since more than a quarter of U.S. adults have given little or no thought to about how they would like to die, the report said.

It appears to be a growing trend that legislators do not want to vet the subject of end-of-life. Therefore the IOM’s study, aptly entitled, “Dying in America” outlines how to decrease healthcare costs while including end-of-life decisions. The study also encourages public health organizations, consu...

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