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Is the Texas Medical Futility Act a real live “death panel”?

A patient identified only as “Willie” was denied nourishment and died in a Houston hospital last month, according to Texas Right to Life. Willie went to seek help a few weeks ago after experiencing chest pains; doctors found pneumonia and leukemia. Apparently, he slipped into a coma following surgery, and the doctor and hospital ethics […]

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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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Boomers-Get Your Heads Out Of The Sand

An Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll found that 64 percent of boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — say they don’t have a health care proxy or living will. Those documents would guide medical decisions should a patient be unable to communicate with doctors. It’s because they feel healthy and young in their middle-age years […]

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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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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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