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Extraordinary Measures

Hospice care vs. hospital care-how to decide

Americans have a strong faith in science and technology to solve problems, living in the future and avoiding talking about death.  But we pay a high price for this in the quality of the last days or months of life. 

See also: The Price of Not Talking About Death.

And we pay billions of dollars for "extraordinary measures" to keep us alive in the end, often whether we want them or not. Hospice care vs. hospital care-how to decide? Who should decide?  We look at the truth behind the rhetoric on end of life issues.

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