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‘How long have I got, doc?’ Why many cancer patients don’t get answers

‘How long have I got, doc?’ Why many cancer patients don’t get answers

Huge numbers of cancer patients lack basic information, such as how long they can expect to live, whether their condition is curable or why they’re being prescribed chemotherapy or radiation,

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Pre-hospice’ saves money by keeping people at home near the end of life

‘Pre-hospice’ saves money by keeping people at home near the end of life

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News Gerald Chinchar isn’t quite at the end of life, but the end is not far away. The 77-year-old fell twice last year, shattering his hip and femur, and now gets around his San Diego home in a wheelchair. His medications fill a dresser drawer, and congestive heart failure puts […]

March 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Where you live may determine how you die. Oregon leads the way

Where you live may determine how you die. Oregon leads the way

By JoNel Aleccia Kaiser Health News Americans who want to ensure they have a say in how they die should examine the lessons of Oregon, a new analysis suggests. Seriously ill people in that state are more likely to have their end-of-life wishes honored — including fewer intensive-care hospitalizations and more home hospice enrollments — […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Right-to-try’ laws expose dying patients to exploitation, ethicists warn

‘Right-to-try’ laws expose dying patients to exploitation, ethicists warn

By Carrie Feibel, KQED Kaiser Health News In the past three years, 33 U.S. states have passed laws aimed at helping dying people get easier access to experimental treatments. Supporters say these patients are just looking for the “right to try” these treatments. Such laws may sound compassionate, but medical ethicists warn they pose worrisome […]

March 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
In places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?

In places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?

  By Andrew McGee, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia In Australia, the Victorian Parliament will consider a bill to legalise euthanasia in the second half of 2017. That follows the South Australian Parliament’s decision to knock back a voluntary euthanasia bill late last year, and the issue has also cropped up […]

March 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
For some hospice patients, a 911 call saves a trip to the ER

For some hospice patients, a 911 call saves a trip to the ER

By Charlotte Huff Kaiser Health News FORT WORTH, Texas — Her mother’s breathing had become labored in the wee hours of the night, during what would prove to be the Fort Worth woman’s final days living with lung cancer. Distraught, the daughter called 911. “Her mother was having some pretty severe shortness of breath,” said […]

February 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Docs in Northwest tweak aid-in-dying drugs to prevent prolonged deaths

Docs in Northwest tweak aid-in-dying drugs to prevent prolonged deaths

By JoNel Aleccia Kaiser Health News Two years after an abrupt price hike for a lethal drug used by terminally ill patients to end their lives, doctors in the Northwest are once again rethinking aid-in-dying medications — this time because they’re taking too long to work. The concerned physicians say they’ve come up with yet another alternative […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Right-to-die fight hits national stage

Right-to-die fight hits national stage

By Melissa Bailey Kaiser Health News Opponents of aid-in-dying laws are claiming a small victory. They won the attention of Congress this week in their battle to stop a growing movement that allows terminally ill patients to get doctors’ prescriptions to end their lives. The Republican-led effort on Capitol Hill to overturn the District of Columbia’s […]

February 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Docs bill Medicare for end-of-life consultations as ‘death panel’ fears re-emerge

Docs bill Medicare for end-of-life consultations as ‘death panel’ fears re-emerge

By JoNel Aleccia Kaiser Health News End-of-life counseling sessions, once decried by some conservative Republicans as “death panels,” gained steam among Medicare patients in 2016, the first year doctors could charge the federal program for the service. Nearly 14,000 providers billed almost $35 million — including nearly $16 million paid by Medicare — for advance care planning conversations for about […]

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Laughing until you die

Laughing until you die

By Bruce Horovitz Kaiser Health News Just weeks before Christmas some years ago, Shirley Rapp and her family faced the devastating news that she had what appeared to be a terminal illness. But that didn’t stop Rapp from wanting to do one last round of Christmas shopping for her kids. Her daughter, Karyn Buxman, a […]

February 6, 2017 | By | Reply More