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  •  Why didn't you (5+ / 0-)
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    mmacdDE, Wednesday Bizzare, ltsply2, FG, anana

    Just take her home if she was dying and you didn't want any tests done? This is not a personal criticism but happens all too often in American hospitals today, driving up costs tremendously.

    The fact of the matter is, when someone is dyng in a hospital and not on hospice (or at least DNR) the physicians are in a difficult position. At any moment a family (not necessarily you, but this DOES happen) can change its mind and decide we now "have to do everything to save" someone. And, of course, sue the doctor if he or she fails to do so. This is the reason for continued testing. It's not greed-- depending on which hospital the physicians likely made no more or less money (personally) based on what tests she needed.

    The problem is, however, the combination of unrealistic expectations, unclear/poor prioritization of resources, and of course the threat of litigation that pervades all of medicine.

    •  Unless the patient is incompetent it is ONLY their (1+ / 0-)
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      wishes which the hospital will follow, not the family.

      The mother "was clinging to life with all she had".

      Only the mother could have asked to go home to die with the family, and she did not want that.

      Please read comments more carefully before responding when the issue is a death in the family, otherwise you sound like a heartless turd by starting out the comment like ...

      "Why didn't you just take her home if she was dying and you didn't want any tests done?"


      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

      by Angie in WA State on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:44:56 PM PST

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      •  If the patient (1+ / 0-)
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        was competent, the patient wanted everything done, and the doctors were in fact following the patient's wishes, there is literally nothing to complain about. So one assumes that wasn't the case.

        It is far from being a "heartless turd" to tell someone what his options are to have the care they want for their family members, and answer his question honestly.

        Please think about your responses more carefully, otherwise you sound like a drooling idiot.

      •  You and mudfud 27 got it (2+ / 0-)
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        It was mom's choice and she was lucid right up to when she died. To tell the truth the hospital was trying to cut her loose on the day she died. I was frantically trying to get things together to bring her home when I got the call to come quick.

        "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

        by high uintas on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:48:19 PM PST

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    •  It was greed. (1+ / 0-)
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      these were doctors who had zero to do with mom's care and test that were redundant and most of them were unrelated to her illness.

      This is a small hospital with less than a dozen Drs on staff. Everyone of them but the ortho guy got their test in. Mom's Dr. did everything but outright admit to me that it happened. All the tests were done at night when our Dr. wasn't there and they did nothing to help.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:53:13 PM PST

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