Coming to Grips with End-of-Life Care

Modern medicine has extended the life expectancies of many terminally ill Americans. In turn, prolonging lives can mean incurring more intensive care and the associated costs.

In 2010, Medicare paid $55 billion for doctor and hospital bills during the last two months of patients’ lives. Quality end-of-life care requires balancing the input of doctors, families and patients themselves. And making crucial end-of-life decisions can take physical and emotional tolls on patients and their loved ones.

How should we help people manage end-of-life care choices to maximize individual well-being and minimize social cost?

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Thought Leaders For This Challenge

Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MSN, FAAN

CEO, American Geriatrics Society


Barbara Coombs Lee, PA, FNP, JD

President, Compassion and Choices


Paul Malley, MA

President, Aging with Dignity


Richard Payne, MD

Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity, Duke University


Bruce Jennings, MA

Director of Bioethics, Center for Humans and Nature


Joan Teno

Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice and Professor of Medicine, Brown University