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Advance Directives: Let's Make a Law



One of healthcare's most prominent CEOs has a great idea for cutting healthcare costs—forcing Medicare recipients to complete a living will and medical power of attorney as a condition of receiving benefits. Unfortunately, implementing common sense measures like this is among the things Congress is worst at.



3 comments on "Advance Directives: Let's Make a Law"
YeahRight (5/8/2014 at 3:30 PM)

I will never have a public advance directive. I will have a private letter to the person(s) I choose to represent me when I am unable. I will do this because I saw first hand the abuse that came when a hospital thought they had decision making powers. If my father had had an advance directive they would have killed him. Hell, they tried to anyway, with me as his medical power of attorney protesting all the way. Had they had a "legal" document to back them they would have proceeded against my will to stop treatment of a man who, once released from their dubious "care" went on to live another decade.
Alene Nitzky (4/14/2014 at 10:53 AM)

It's nice to see media attention to healthcare leaders acting on behalf of the public's well-being, taking the bull by the horns, and not solely for their own personal gain, and just worried about their voiced opinions affecting patient satisfaction scores. I have often wondered if organizations like the ACHE ever discuss the moral and ethical obligations of health care leaders to the public they serve, and the people who do the hard work in their organizations. We need to work toward a more humane health care system, for all: patients, families, health care workers, and the public.
donaldstumpp (4/11/2014 at 2:58 PM)

To your point Phil about even just getting started on the healthcare problem with the Medicare or even over 50 population, maybe the first step if for Medicare Advantage plans to lead the way. 25% of Medicare patients choose them and since it is a choice, maybe MA plans could make this part of their enrollment. If 1 in 4 of the Medicare population is doing this, maybe the stigma begins to go away and there's more voluntary adoption.