Friday, August 14, 2009

"End of life" care dropped

"Key senators are excluding a provision on end-of-life care from health overhaul legislation after language in a House bill caused a furor. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement Thursday that the provision had been dropped from consideration because it could be misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly. A health care bill passed by three House committees allows Medicare to reimburse doctors for voluntary counseling sessions about end-of-life decisions. But critics have claimed the provision could lead to death panels and euthanasia for seniors."

Why was this in there in the first place? Whatever you think about the issue, you have to acknowledge that it was guaranteed to cause a controversy.

And, let's be honest - - the insurance industry wants to encourage living wills in order to save money. Hospice is much cheaper than intensive care.

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