End-of-Life Choice, Palliative Care and Counseling

Good Death? Bad Death? Tell Them About Itby Sonja

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Far too many Americans still suffer needlessly in their final days, even when they have clearly expressed the kind of care they do – and don’t – want. So Compassion & Choices launched our Stop Unwanted Medical Treatment campaign to ensure patients state their healthcare wishes…and medical providers honor them. We have developed recommendations on advance planning, financial incentives for providers and increased options for consumers, and our experts and advocates have presented them to some of the most prestigious audiences in healthcare policy.

Chief Program Officer Mickey MacIntyre raised the issue with the Institute of Medicine’s “Committee on Approaching Death: Addressing Key End-of-Life Issues” during its first meeting last February. He urged policymakers to “provide both the carrot and the stick to ensure that patient’s wishes are honored.”

Now your views could help the committee shape future healthcare policy. The Institute of Medicine is collecting public comments about care for people who are approaching death as part of a yearlong study on end-of-life issues. Whether personal or professional, please share your insight with this influential committee here.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to aid our important initiative to reduce the incidence of unwanted medical treatment in America. The deadline is November 1, so please take a few minutes to add your unique perspective to their research today.

For more information on our campaign or to sign our petition to help ensure patient wishes are honored, visit our Stop Unwanted Medical Treatment web page. And watch your inboxes later this month for Compassion & Choices’ survey on unwanted medical treatment.