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End of life talk- Should Dr.s be paid to give it?

Obama could not get it into the bill so he is putting it in the new Medicare reguations.
No wonder we are and will stay broke...... If you want a link just google it, you will get many.
New York Times:

When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over "death panels," Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.

Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.

 
itsmesteph11

Asked by itsmesteph11 at 11:08 AM on Dec. 27, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Do you not understand that there simply is not enough money and there are not enough doctors to take care of all the people under the terms of ObamaCare? Decisions will have to be made. Priorities will have to be determined, have already been determined. The elderly will be the first to be denied all but the most basic palative care. It will happen, hence these end-of-life talks they want the doctors to have with their patients. This is not fear mongering. This is educated reasoning coming from having read the plan and from reading what is happening now.
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 1:29 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Its called being RESPONSIBLE. If you want everything done, that's YOUR RIGHT and YOUR DECISION. If you don't want to be on a respirator, have cardiac resuscitation, tube feeds etc. that's your right also.

    It's sad the government needs to inform people that they need to be RESPONSIBLE to make their own decisions. That's what end of life planning is. Everyone should have a health care proxy, advance directive.

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    The above is where I agree with you. The part about "thanking Obama" is where I emphatically disagree! Obama is not some brilliant, compassionate soul, and we don't NEED the government to help us, have doctor's help us!! People have have been making end of life plans for centuries, WITHOUT the government or a doctor's "help!" Why you think this is needed NOW is contradictory to your statement that individuals need to become responsible for their OWN plans.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 11:44 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Yes...end-of-life care is a medical decision and Dr's should be compensated for providing consultation, just like they are for other medical issues.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 11:10 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Do Drs get paid for all other types of care and counseling (pre- natal, pre-surgical, rehabilitation, post-op)? If so, then this educational time should also be covered. Death is part of the life cycle; everyone will die. Sometimes, allowing death is the most compassionate, humane and appropriate treatment for a patient. All patients should have clear and concise advanced health care directives in place-

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 11:27 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Obama is NOT supporting a Death Plan!

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    As we are seeing RIGHT NOW with all of the ObamaCare WAIVERS, is that companies and individuals will seek the LEAST EXPENSIVE OPTIONS when it comes to health care!! So, when taxpayers are footing the bill and the government needs to pay out for the 308 MILLION people currently living in this country, something is going to have to give!

    Sure, you MIGHT get chemo--if you can WAIT 6+ months to start, AND hope that a handful of treatments will cure you--if you can't wait, and if the approved number of treatments is not enough....oh well, as per the government!

    And that is of course assuming, you are YOUNG ENOUGH, and are otherwise healthy--normal weight, never smoked, don't drink excessively, etc., etc., etc.!!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 11:51 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Obama is NOT supporting a Death Plan!
    He is advocating living wills, health care proxy, advance directives. THESE are not death plans!
    EVERYONE should have one, not just the sick and elderly!
    Rnurse

    Answer by Rnurse at 11:42 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Hell no! This is why I didnt vote for him.. You should have your family do that.. friends... someone other than the man that just told you that you were dying!

    Answer by momof241988
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    You might be interested to know that this counseling doesn't occur when you're on you're deathbed, it happens well before you reach that stage and consists of a Dr. explaining your options for end of life care.

    Why would someone look to family and friends to explain medical procedures?
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 11:20 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Why would someone look to family and friends to explain medical procedures?


    I agree doctors should share options but I wonder about the abuse doctors being paid even more to make sure patients do take the least expensive option. It already happens in Medicare now and will get worse. Many Dems feel anyone over 65 should accept their fate and just die rather than fight to live.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:23 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Your just a rude bitch.

    Answer by Anonymous 24 minutes ago
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    I'll take rude bitch over cowardly anon any day of the week.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 12:04 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Sure, you MIGHT get chemo--if you can WAIT 6+ months to start, AND hope that a handful of treatments will cure you--if you can't wait, and if the approved number of treatments is not enough....oh well, as per the government!
    And that is of course assuming, you are YOUNG ENOUGH, and are otherwise healthy--normal weight, never smoked, don't drink excessively, etc., etc., etc.!!

    Answer by LoriKeet 14 minutes ago

    How is that any different than what health insurance companies do now? Why aren't you railing against them too?

    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 12:07 PM on Dec. 27, 2010