Never Too Late To Operate? Surgery Near End Of Life Is Common, Costly

(By Liz Szabo for Kaiser Health News)

Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo an operation in their final year of life.

At 87, Maxine Stanich cared more about improving the quality of her life than prolonging it.

She suffered from a long list of health problems, including heart failure and chronic lung disease that could leave her gasping for breath.

When her time came, she wanted to die a natural death, Stanich told her daughter, and signed a “do not resuscitate” directive, or DNR, ordering doctors not to revive her should her heart stop. Continue reading article here…

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