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Palliative care docs are labeled “murderers” by some of their colleagues

Palliative care docs are labeled “murderers” by some of their colleagues

I read a disturbing article in yesterday’s NY Times about a palliative care physician who by merely doing his job and advocating for the patient was denigrated by his colleagues. Palliative care doctors provide comfort care to patients who don’t want heroic efforts to keep them alive. The patients’ wishes are expressed by the DNR documents executed […]

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“Death Panels” Are a Load of Rubbish

Last year during all the hysteria about healthcare reform, all we heard was  that the government wanted to institute “death panels” to kill granny. This arose over provisions for Medicare to offer optional end-of-life counseling with doctors. Idiots like Limbaugh and Beck spread lies that this was merely an attempt by the government to ration healthcare and […]

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Medicare Won’t Go Broke-End of Life Planning

This post is for the 30% of you who have thought enough about how you want to live out the rest of your life should you become ill and incapacitated and prepared a living will. The rest of you can keep your head in the sand and ignore the reality that death is inevitable. Many of us assume that […]

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Critical Conversations About Death and Dying

Doctors have a tough time talking about death with their patients and families. In today’s NY Times there was discussion about a recently released study which attempted to determine just how often doctors broached the topic of dying to patients who were inflicted with terminal illnesses. Imagining treating a patient with just 4 to 6 months to live, […]

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When To Talk About Death and Dying?

Death and dying is a tough subject for us to broach. However, as we get older it  becomes important to have a family discussion about what to do if you’re incapacitated in the hospital with not much hope of recovery. Advanced directives such as Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), a Living Will, or Durable Power of Attorney […]

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