June 14, 2012 | Dr. Angelo Volandes
More help navigating end-of-life options can improve care for dying patients — and reduce costs
Dying patients often receive aggressive, expensive treatment that many would reject if they had a fuller understanding of their options, writes Dr. Angelo Volandes. A series of videos showing what end-of-life care really looks like has allowed patients at a handful of hospitals to make better informed choices. An intervention that first and foremost leads to better patient-centered health care — and also happens to lower costs — is a good thing, and more hospitals should embrace it.