Friday, September 25, 2009

An Interesting Piece on End-of-Life Care

Timothy Egan, a former reporter for the New York Times, continues to blog for the newspaper. His blog post yesterday provided an insight into end-of-life issues, as filtered through the family experience of a physician who happens to be the governor of Oregon.

What I especially appreciated was a comment by a bioethicist, Dr. Colleen Clements, which is worth reading after reading the Egan piece.

My own thoughts are that Dr. Clements comment highlights the idea that the motivation in restricting end-of-life care is financial rather than the comfort of the patient. The governor's parents were allowed to make their own decision. His mother was not required to leave the hospital because it was too expensive to treat her.

I might make the same choice to refuse some measure of treatment. I wouldn't want to be denied the right to have that choice.

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