End-of-life Blog 3

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I believe that Americans should definitely make their own decisions regarding end-of-life matters. After all, it is their life and their body. I think some of the main decisions revolve around emotional, legal, and cost factors. Americans should be more responsible or aware of what is going to happen when they near end-of-life, not avoid it or be reluctant to make their own decisions. For example, someone shouldn’t avoid getting an advanced directive and then blame the healthcare system for trying to get money from them or complain about treatment for a given illness, when they could have specified what they would have wanted. Americans should also be responsible enough to not put the burden on their family and prevent complications from arising between differing opinions of family members when there is an end-of-life decision to be made. That would just put too much emotional strain on the family. Another responsibility an American has regarding end-of-life decisions is the cost of sustaining life. Like in the article, Americans have the responsibility to themselves and to the whole of society when making decisions like these. When you think about it, dying is a very personal thing within families, but it is also shared on a much bigger level with society. Right now, much of the costs of healthcare is funded by taxpayers and the most of that healthcare money is spent on the last months of life. So, not only does the cost of sustaining life directly effecting the ill, but it is also effecting everyone else involved in funding that care. Another responsibility of the patient to think about, also stated in the article, is leaving unpaid bills for the family to take care of, which may pose as a burden or issue for some families. The last major responsibility the patient and family has is to determine whether they want quantity or quality of life when they are nearing that time. When supervising end-of-life decisions, patients and families need to make sure that decisions are made in their own best interest, free from influence or coercion by the family or physician. Family members should make sure that there won’t be any major conflicts within the family when these decisions have to be made and make it a responsibility to get an advanced directive(s). Second, they should act in the interest of what their loved one(s) would have wanted and discuss this with them. I do think that family members and patients should question decisions made by healthcare providers, because how much do they know about the emotions/personal aspects of the family? Patients and their families, I think, are the best source of care and reason on a personal level.

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2 thoughts on “End-of-life Blog 3

  1. The three main points are solid in this entry regarding end of life and why Americans should absolutely take responsibility for it. Emotional aspect is huge because tension run high during time of illness or tragedy. Advanced directives help alleviate that stress of someone’s wishes and save the guilt of maybe someone having to make a descision on your behalf unsure of your wishes. Cost can be incredibly high in times like this as exemplified in the article they saved thousands of dollars because Irma knew what she wanted with her healthcare treatment. I enjoyed this response and thought it was well-rounded.

  2. This was a very good blog. I agree that we should definitely make our own decisions. It is in fact our own body and it should be up to us to how it’s treated. We need to be ready for end of life decisions because we never know what can happen. I agree too that the patient should take the necessary precautions so that the burden isn’t left with the family. I like your couple points you brought up about the cost of sustaining life. It is very overlooked, but does cost a lot. Lastly I agree too that the family and patient should come up with a decision that is in best interest of the patient and what the patient wants.

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