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End-of-Life Care is Often Futile, Costly
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
The folks at the Dartmouth Atlas Project have pointed out the elephant in the room—the enormous amount of far too aggressive, painful, costly, and often futile care, which too many doctors and hospitals provide during a Medicare patient's last days of life.[Read More]
 
 
November 18, 2010
 
     
 
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