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More on End of Life Care

Last update on: Mar 15 2020

The recent report from a panel selected by the Institute of Medicine is spurring some debate about end-of-life-care, powers of attorney, medical directives, and related topics. Here’s an article that summarizes some key points of the report but mostly explains how LaCrosse, Wisconsin was able to establish a program under which about 86% of its residents have advanced directives or similar documents covering their end-of-life care.

It is projected that total U.S. health care expenditures will reach $5 trillion by 2022 from its current level of $3 trillion. According to the National Institue of Health  ”as of 2012, 5 percent of the most seriously ill Americans accounted for more than 50 percent of health care spending, with most costs incurred in the last year of life as a result of hospital-based treatment.”  Nearly 30% of all Medicare spending occurs during the last six months of a patient’s life. The extrapolations for end-of-life care in the future are truly sobering.



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