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"The American Way of End-of-Life Care"

Monday 14th January 2019

In the Lifespan podcast episode, host Jackie Wolf uses her mother's illness and death to reflect on the American approach to end-of-life care. Read more on alcoholfree.com.
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The American Way of End-of-Life Care: A Lifespan Podcast Episode

Medical expenses are a factor in more than 60% of personal bankruptcies in The United States.
In the Lifespan podcast episode titled 'The American Way of End-of-Life Care', host Jackie Wolf shares her personal experience with her mother's lung cancer diagnosis and death to reflect on the American approach to end-of-life care. The American healthcare system is often characterized by futile treatment at enormous cost, which tends to favor quantity over quality of life. Wolf's episode highlights the importance of patient autonomy in medical decision-making and the need for universal rethinking of medical practices and expenses.
She advocates for hospice care as an option for terminally ill patients instead of treatment, which often leads to excessive medical expenses and bankruptcy. Wolf also discusses the lack of clear communication between doctors and patients regarding prognosis and the financial burden of medical treatments. Overall, 'The American Way of End-of-Life Care' is an informative and thought-provoking episode that highlights the need for change in the American healthcare system.
Listen to the episode now here on alcoholfree.com and join the conversation on end-of-life care.