Talking About Death
Should doctors be paid to discuss end of life care with their patients? Medicare is proposing a rule change that would allow it, but it wasn't that long ago that the mere suggestion touched off a partisan political fire storm and cries that "death panels" would determine our fate. Are we past that? And beyond the politics, talking about death -- your own or a loved one's -- can be difficult. We'll hear thoughts on the best approach on today's Be Well edition of the Sound of Ideas.
A Racial Gap in Attitudes Towards Hospice Care (New York Times)
What If It Were You? Healthcare Decisions Made Easy Resources (from Discus Directives):
1. State of Ohio Living Will and Power of Attorney for Healthcare: Ohio legal documents.
4. 5 Wishes: Addresses medical, legal, personal, spiritual, and family matters. (Not a legal
document in Ohio, Texas, Indiana, New Hampshire, Alabama, Kansas, Utah, or Oregon.)
5. Consumer Toolkit for Health Care Advance Planning: The quiz you, your doctor, and
your decision maker should take. Guide for decision maker. Conversation scripts on how
to get started. How to decide what you want.
Advance Directives: Making Your Healthcare Choices Known (from Hospice of the Western Reserve)