....making healthcare decisions, the simple fact is that we can't keep spending the kind of money on Medicare that we have been. I'd be a big fan of spliting Medicare into two phases, 65-75 and above 75. Put the restrictions in place as a matter of law, so there's no need for councils or committees.
Phase I would be very similar to today's program. Phase II would be restricted to eliminating pain and sufferring until end of life.
The simple fact is, spending $80,000 on a coronary bypass for an eighty year-old is much akin to dropping a new engine in a '74 Dodge Dart. What goes out next week?
We're spending billions to keep people alive, often for a few months or a year or two. Unlimited procedures for people over 75 is total lunacy.
Where did we ever institutionalize our fear of death?
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