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Subject:  Re: Medicare, anyone? Date:  10/17/2012  2:04 PM
Author:  fleg9bo Number:  17963 of 19741

I read somewhere that if the medical costs for the first and last year or two of our lives as a whole were eliminated overall costs would drop some huge amount.

The UK's National Health Service has apparently come to the same conclusion and is attacking the problem by thinning the herd:

Put 1 in 100 patients on death list, GPs told: Frailest to be asked to choose 'end-of-life' care

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2218790/Put-1-100-...

GPs have been asked to select one in every 100 of their patients to go on a list of those likely to die over the next 12 months. The patients will be singled out for 'end-of-life care', potentially saving the NHS more than £1 billion a year.

The listed patients may be asked to say where they would prefer to die and should be told they can draw up a 'living will' by which they can instruct doctors to withdraw life-saving treatment if they become incapacitated in hospital.

Information for GPs on what happens to such patients said they would be 'less likely to be subject to treatments of limited clinical value'.

Over the past week, some families have told the Daily Mail that they believe their loved ones were wrongly put on the LCP by h