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View Diary: Death with Dignity Law Brings No Dignity to Some (272 comments)

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  •  This doc says it shouldn't be necessary. (3+ / 0-)
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    freelunch, Creosote, Dave in RI

    Palliative care has advanced to the point where the great majority of patients dying of diseases like cancer can be kept comfortable in their final days. Most people (though of course not all) are willing to forego physician-assisted suicide if they can be comfortable and reasonably pain free. In many parts of the country unfortunately there are not enough physicians with the appropriate skills and interest in palliative care, hence many patients are inadequately treated.

    It goes without saying that reimbursement for palliative care is far, far below that for surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or what have you. This is just another one of those perverse incentives against compassionate and efficient care built into our "system".

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