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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 19, 2013 at 6:21 AM

Money shapes end-of-life medical choices

Remember the good doctors

While I agree with much of what Katy Butler has to say, she fails to acknowledge that, in many cases, it is the family and not the “specialists in high-tech fields” that demand everything be done for their elderly loved ones. [“Guest column: Why we rarely get to die at home,” Opinion, Sept. 17.]

As for the disparity between the incomes of the various specialties, that is a discussion for another day.

Suffice it to say that ethical and caring surgeons, oncologists, cardiologists and other medical professionals engage in her so-called “slow medicine” every day, without considering reimbursement issues.

James Ballo, Shoreline

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