A Missed Opportunity: Health Care Reform, Rhetoric, Ethics and Economics at the End of Life
Mississippi College Law Review, Forthcoming
23 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2010 Last revised: 13 May 2014
Date Written: April 22, 2010
This article argues that congress’s failure to include a provision for Medicare reimbursement that would have incentivized physicians to consult with patients regarding end-of-life issues was a missed opportunity to both address rising costs for unwanted or unwarranted intensive and technological medical interventions at the end of life and enduring concerns about patient dignity and autonomy during their final days.
Keywords: End of Life, Ethics, Death Panels, Health Care Reform
JEL Classification: I18
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