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Gingrich was for it before he was against it? Are you seeing the pattern?

More than 20 percent of all Medicare spending occurs in the last two months of life. Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin has developed a successful end-of-life, best practice that combines: 1) community-wide advance care planning, where 90 percent of patients have advance directives; 2) hospice and palliative care; and 3) coordination of services through an electronic medical record. The Gundersen approach empowers patients and families to control and direct their care. The Dartmouth Health Atlas has documented that Gundersen delivers care at a 30 percent lower rate than the national average ($18,359 versus $25,860). If Gundersen’s approach was used to care for the approximately 4.5 million Medicare beneficiaries who die every year, Medicare could save more than $33 billion a year.

via Health Care Rx: Across the Country, Some Systems Are Getting It Right – Newt Gingrich.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 6:02 PM on Aug. 12, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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    Let me give you an example that I find fascinating. In LaCrosse, Wisc., the Gundersen Lutheran Hospital system is, according to the Dartmouth [Atlas of Health Care], the least expensive place in America for the last two years of life. They have an advanced directive program, and over 90 percent of their patients have an advanced directive. They have electronic health records, so everybody on the staff knows what the advanced directive is. They have a very strong palliative care program for using drugs to manage pain. They have a hospice program.

    This is ALL for politics and NOT for the good of our country. They are knowingly LYING

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:03 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • I think it's so calloused to talk about old people dying saving money in the system.


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:07 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • Well, you just sign yourself up. And when you become part of that statistical group, I will bid you an early farewell. I don't want you to complain at that time when you become part of the population that is helping us save $33 million. Newt was for advanced planning and long term care insurance. That way family members complete understood a person's desires. He wasn't for dolling out care to this person and not that one. He was never for this type of bill. He isn't a "social conservative" as you are trying to infere.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 6:07 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • I think it's so calloused to talk about old people dying saving money in the system.

    Write a letter to Newt and let him know!


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:08 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • Don't Let the Myths About Health Care Reform Scare You.
    There are special interest groups trying to block progress on health care reform by using myths and scare tactics. Like the notion that health care reform would ration your care, hurt Medicare or be a government takeover. Actually, these are false statements.

    All of the health care reform plans currently being debated in Congress would ensure that you and your doctor are the ones making decisions about your health. The majority of working Americans will continue to receive their health care through their employer. In addition, health care reform will strengthen Medicare by eliminating billions of dollars in waste while lowering prescription drug prices.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:14 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • What pattern? No actually I'm not
    The fact is End of life is already talked abou tin Drs offices and Hospitals. Neither Obama or Newt came up with the idea. The problem with Obamas take is he wants to make it mandatory every 5 years. So what if it will be paid for. Thats one more wasteful dollar being spent because you can talk to your Dr about it anytime for FREE! This bill is nothing more than a government grab for control. No savings, no better care. Even the people who don't have insurance will have to pay for it and we will all have new taxes within a few years compliments of an Obama plan

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:17 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • What pattern? No actually I'm not

    Then your not paying attention. Newt is saying this is the equivalent of death panels now..and yet a few months ago, he was all for it. A republican added this amendment to the health care bill.....


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:24 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • Advanced end-of-life directives SHOULD be decided upon by the person who is dying and their next of kin/survivors/executors and their doctors!!!! This kind of planning has been going on for YEARS--we don't all of a sudden need the GOVERNMENT "helping" us to make our own informed decisions!!!!

    Sure, SOME people may need the government to do the thinking for them, but the MAJORITY of this country, does not!!!

    My husband and mine's active Living Wills are VERY specific as to our end-of care directives. There is no need to discuss these things with anyone else!!!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:27 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • Lori- I believe many here do not believe those subjects should be discussed at all.

    Life is only to end once a person has put in the required amount of pain and suffering.

    Of course all hc facilities already do this counseling and educating, and been doing so for years...............nothing new.

    Answer by Sisteract at 7:20 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • I am a firm believer in Hospice and home care if at all possible

    Answer by mamak57 at 7:44 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

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