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I read somewhere that like 33% of healthcare dollars are spent on the last three months of life? Like the doctors know your dying but they keep trying new things which just runs up big bills and you end up dying anyway?


Disclaimer: I was a doctor.

Reality: I truly honored what a patient wanted. Often suggested hospice and supportive care in situations where few weeks would be gained, at significant quality-of-life cost. However, 8-9 times out of 10, if not defined by the patient, family stepped in and demanded (even threatened lawsuits if not done)fruitless, expensive, waste-of-time and destructive of quality-of-life attempts in the last days/weeks, etc.

If you choose to go gently into the night, talk to ALL of your family (even that child who really hasn't wanted to talk to you) and TELL them what you what. Don't discuss, don't debate.......tell them exactly what your call is. Put it in writing. They will debate and argue that is not what you wanted until you have been drug through the mud.

LakeD
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