Posted by: coastcontact | September 11, 2012

The High Cost of Extending Your Life

The Associated Press reports today that health care “Premiums averaged $15,745, with employees paying more than $4,300 of that, a glaring reminder that the nation’s problem of unaffordable medical care is anything but solved.”

I just completed reading an article in Newsweek (September 3, 2012) titled “How Much would you pay for three more months of life?”  It’s all  about the high cost of cancer treatments that can cost up to $188K for about six months of additional life. There is nothing in the article about where the money for this treatment will come from.  I do not imagine that most insurance companies will pay these high fees.  After all, the outcome is death not extended life.

Every family needs to discuss the reason for extending life of a pancreatic cancer patient for two weeks at cost of $15K.

Advanced Health Directives help family members decide a course of action.  Of course you have to read and understand the directive before the need arises.  Too many people do not.

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  1. My husband is on hospice. I and the doctors went over everything, and decided to not prolong my husbands suffering and to keep him comfortable and happy and they keep him as painfree as possible. Was it an easy decision, no, but it was the right decision for my husband. Just wanted to share that with you.


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