I hope the day’s a long way off, but we all know it’s coming sooner or later.
Quitting time… that’s all she wrote… the end of the line.
When it happens, I hope to God you’ve got a doc who cares about YOU — because new research shows too many physicians toss the compassion and put on a display of pure greed.
Instead of spending those final days working to make you as comfortable as possible, they use it as one last desperate push to pad their bank accounts.
Yes, unabashed greed can rear its ugly head even when you’re on your deathbed, as the new analysis of 38 studies finds that dying patients are routinely given treatments that won’t make a bit of difference.
They’re poisoned with toxic chemo even when the cancer’s about to take them… put in the ICU even when they need a hospice… sickened by meds that won’t work… and poked, prodded, and rammed with tests that won’t do a thing except pad the bill.
All that and I haven’t even gotten to the biggest offense of all: A quarter of all patients with do-not-resuscitate orders (DNRs) are resuscitated anyway.
Gotta make time to squeeze out one last dime!
I wish I could tell you that this was rare.
But it’s shockingly common, as the study of some 1.2 million patients from 10 nations makes all too clear, and this isn’t the only research to expose pure greed in the medical industry.
One study last year found docs push extra radiation treatments on dying seniors even when they’re PROVEN to do nothing to save lives or bring comfort.
The researchers behind the new study claim docs aren’t trying to cash in as you cash out. They’re just optimists with too much faith in modern medicine and need a little more training in what works and what doesn’t.
That’s not what’s going on here… and everyone knows it.
It’s about billing codes — and it’s not just doctors who are guilty of it. It’s the hospitals they work for, too, charging for everything and anything they can.
I bet some will even charge for a sip of water on a dying man’s lips.
The only way to cut your risk of this happening to you is to have the conversations most folks put off — the unpleasant business of how you want it go down when you near the end of the line.
Make sure you and your spouse not only have express written wishes on how you intend to spend those last days and what kind of care you want — but also, more importantly, what you DON’T want.