Blog #3: Planning ahead…have you made your plan yet?

healthcare directives

I believe that Americans should have a responsibility to make their own decisions regarding end-of-life preferences. To prevent unnecessary family quarrels, family agony, and extremely high healthcare bills, everyone should have healthcare directives. I believe Susan Jacoby’s story makes this very clear. Her mom wanted to prevent any debt for her family, and prevent any agony on her own part from unnecessary painful procedures or treatments. She made that possible by making her own healthcare directive. It should be every Americans responsibility to have some sort of document (e.g., living will, advanced healthcare directive) that states their medical wishes, should they become so ill in the future that they are unable to do so.
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It it quite ridiculous for people to think “that will never happen to me” because the truth is, you never know. It’s a scary thought to be put in a position where it is impossible to make your own decisions about what treatments or procedures you want, and then leave that decision up to someone else. The point is to be prepared for our future and to take responsibility for our deaths. A part of me even wishes that it were required for people to have directives. To make it easy, maybe when people get their drivers licenses at 16, they can easily create a healthcare directive the same time, right at the DMV! Everyone wants to get their license, so if there is an option to create directives at the same time it wouldn’t seem like such a hassle to make one.

Also, I do not believe that the patient that may be suffering from a terminal illness, or that patient’s family, may ever know enough about the healthcare providers decisions. For that very reason, not only do I believe people should be able to question healthcare providers, but that it should be required. Even though healthcare providers may know best and they may seem like the “authoritative” figure, if there is something that is not understood by the patient, the patient should always be able to question the decisions or suggestions made by them, its apart of their job! The patient and the patient’s family will always have questions for the healthcare provider on a plethora of things: such as prognosis or any treatments that are available. If they can’t answer our questions, who can?

It is time for people all over the world to make their own decisions regarding end-of-life preferences, or someone else will make them for you. It should be a priority to have healthcare directives. Share this information with family and friends, make it a family event to get healthcare directives if you have to: just get it done. Death is inevitable, so why not be prepared for it!

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2 thoughts on “Blog #3: Planning ahead…have you made your plan yet?

  1. JLucas I thought your post was on point. I especially liked the idea of making a requirement to create an advanced directive. If citizens had to go through this process there would be far less issues when people die. We always live in the denial that sickness will never happen to me, but it is a reality that anything can happen to you at any moment. Life is unpredictable and we should be prepared for those unpredictable moments. An advanced directive allows you to decide what you want just in case you do become incompetent. I also agree with you that we should not sit quietly when it comes to healthcare providers. It is essential that we have a thorough understanding of the situation and ask as many questions as we need too.

  2. Your idea on making health care directives a requirement at the age of 16 (when most teenagers get their license) is really great. Anyone with the capability to operate a motorized vehicle should be more than capable to make their own EOL. Not only is it a great precaution but it will make people think twice about how safe they’re really driving and the possibility of what could go wrong.

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