FACT CHECK: No "death panel" in Health Care Bill
Original post made by Billie, Mohr Park, on Aug 10, 2009
As you can read in the weblink, covered every 5 years are "the conversations between doctor and patient (that) would include living wills, making a close relative or a trusted friend your health care proxy, learning about hospice as an option for the terminally ill, and information about pain medications for people suffering chronic discomfort."
As you're reading, please make note of the fact that hospitals are ALREADY mandated to ask adult patients if they have a living will, and "if the patient doesn't have one, and wants one, the hospital has to provide assistance. The mandate on hospitals was instituted during a Republican administration, in 1992, under President George H.W. Bush."
End of life care is a very personal decision. I know that as a senior, I will appreciate the opportunity to discuss my options with my doctor and actually have my living will covered as part of my health care plan. So much more appropriate than going into it blind or not having the latest medical information, and then paying a lawyer to write it up.
One more bit of mis-information about health care reform debunked.
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