Advancements in modern medicine have caused people to live much longer and even changed the process of dying. Living longer, however, doesn’t always mean living better. When a loved one is terminally ill, a family's top concern is almost always ensuring the patient gets the best care possible.
See also: A better way to die.
Ira Byock, author of The Best Care Possible, stresses that our modern health care system can often make illness and dying more difficult than it should be, turning the process into a painful experience for both patient and family alike. Byock, one of the country’s foremost palliative care physicians, emphasizes that we must not only remake our health care system, but that we must also move past our cultural aversion to talking about dying and acknowledge the fact of mortality. In so doing, we can live better lives from beginning to end.
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