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Topic: end-of-life care

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January 23, 2014 at 6:04 AM

End-of-life care: Washington state succeeding in hospice care

The recent Washington Post article regarding the apparent fraudulent Medicare claims of a few hospices was very misleading in extrapolating the actions of a few and attributing them to the services of thousands of hospices across the country [“‘Hospice survivors’ a costly trend for Medicare,” Nation & World, Dec. 28]. None of those issues…


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January 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM

End-of-life care: the role of a health-care provider and the predictability of death

When it makes sense to go against a health-care provider

In response to David Baker, there is a time to die and there is a time to disagree with health-care providers [“When is it worth saving a life?” Opinion, Jan. 9].

In her early 90s, my mom had blocked arteries in her leg and faced potential amputation. After two failed surgical repairs, our advocacy led to a third surgery lasting 8 hours and later days in the intensive care unit where she nearly died. But she lived to be 96 years old and kept her leg. What were those four to six years worth?


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