End-of-Life Planning is a Good Thing

President Obama has decided to exclude references to advance care planning as part of annual physical examinations covered under the new health care law, (see NY Times article 1/5/11, “US Alters Rule to Pay for End-of-Life Planning”). This should not keep anyone from having these important discussions with their physicians, however. Knowledge is power. Having further discussions about what we would want when we become seriously or terminally ill or disabled, and knowing what options are available, simply ensures that we are making our own decisions and that our wishes will be respected and carried out at end of life.

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