The Diane Rhem show had a one hour discussion of palliative care today....I heard a lot of it but not all. Here is the audio.
I find myself wondering if the preposterous 'death panel' screech of last August would have been upended had the NEJM study showing that palliative care extended life and improved quality of life for patients with stage IV metastatic lung cancer been published a year ago. After all, the proposal that was somehow morphed into 'death panels' was simply increased payment for consultations for palliative care and advanced care planning. Anyone who engaged in the 'death panel' mantra really shouldn't be listened to on matters of health policy as they either don't know what they are talking about, or they were purposefully misleading people for political gain.
One August to the next....quite a turnaround as far as palliative care goes.