USA – the cost of dying

Categories: Care.

The series was inspired by Ms. Krieger’s 88 year old father’s expensive hospital death, an experience she describes as teaching her that:too much drama and desperation consume our final days, lending them too little dignity.” 

Selected articles from the series include:

In the final article ‘Cost of Dying: Discovering a better way for final days Krieger presents seven “cures “ for the cost of dying in America, including the following:

  • Take charge of our deaths by putting wishes in writing
  • Involve entire communities in commitment to planning
  • Encourage doctors to talk more frankly about choices
  • Pay doctors to help patients decide what’s best for them
  • Avoid costly care that won’t prolong or improve life
  • Offer better comfort care to patients in their final days
  • Pay families to help at home instead of using hospitals.

A photo gallery featuring images from the series can be viewed online.

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