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You are wrong about this myth of a death panel. This is nothing more than Republican policical theatre. The proposal is only to get the doctor PAID to sit down and discuss the THE PATIENT's WISHES are. So both can make informed decisions. As Atul Gawande pointed out recently,
Twenty-five per cent of all Medicare spending is for the five per cent of patients who are in their final year of life, and most of that money goes for care in their last couple of months which is of little apparent benefit: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/02/100802fa_fact_gawande#ixzz1DuVdIJvZ
25% of Medicare spending is on 5% of patients in their final year of life. Then there's the study in 2008 by Coping with Cancer that showed terminaly ill cancer patients had WORSE quality of life when pulling out all the stops than those who opted out. And then there was the family members 6mos after death that had a 3x higher rate of depression when the patient opted for agressive care vs paliative care.
So getting back to the point, aren't these topics you'd like to sit down with YOUR DOCTOR and develop a plan that works FOR YOU? Oh, sorry, the doctor can't get paid for this type of meeting right now. Your doctor is busy scheduling paying appointments. You'll have to go it on your own. Good Luck.

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