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Medicare wants you to talk to your doctor

Medicare wants you to talk to your doctor

Medicare supports communicating about your healthcare wishes and managing your end-of-life options . Medicare covers the cost of health services meant to improve quality of life when a cure is no longer possible: hospice care during the last six months of a terminal illness, and palliative care, to help manage a serious or terminal illness with a longer term prognosis. As important – and not well used – is the fact that Medicare covers advance care planning discussions with your physician as part of your annual wellness check.

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What MAiD Is, and What It Isn’t

What MAiD Is, and What It Isn’t

Illness, dying and death can be troubling and fearful subjects. Not the kind of thing you bring up at brunch or over an after work beer. In a way that is too bad, these are things that happen to everyone, and by avoiding them, we give away much of our own power when...

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Talking with Your Doctor about Your End-of-Life Wishes

Talking with Your Doctor about Your End-of-Life Wishes

Planning for the end of life is unique to any other human life experience. Raising the topic with family members or friends is not easy. Talking with our doctors about our end of life is also difficult and not commonplace. Even when confronted with a terminal condition, the sensitivity around death causes many doctors to be reluctant about initiating such discussions and to instead rely on their patients to raise the topic.

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Comfort at Life’s End

Comfort at Life’s End

When is being comfortable and pain-free not a good idea? Most of us would say never. As we humans approach life’s end, though, that question can get trickier. Or at least more complex.   A recent court case stirred renewed discussion of end-of-life care,...

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Making a Good Law Better

Making a Good Law Better

We are happy to share the following op-ed submission written by Board member Fran Johns who recently sent it to the San Francisco Chronicle.  It has yet to be published, but it is well worth sharing with our readers now.  EOLCCA is very supportive of these changes in...

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Medical Aid in Living

Medical Aid in Living

People seeking MAID are vibrant, courageous, and thoughtful. They know who they are, define the rules of their life, and are clear on their values, including the meaning of living. My last visits with them are typically marked by a sense of clarity and peace.”  ...

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Making COVID Lemonade

Making COVID Lemonade

As I contemplate life on my porch in late-May 2020, I feel many different emotions.   As a nursing home and hospice physician, I mostly feel sad that so many of the people I care for are dying—often without the basic comfort of a family member at the bedside. I...

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Physician-Assisted Suicide…. Not!

Physician-Assisted Suicide…. Not!

End of Life Choices California works to expand the number of physicians who participate in medical aid in dying for their patients who request it, and we must help educate the general public and all medical practitioners that MAID is decidedly not suicide.

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