Friday, December 10, 2010

Moving beyond death panels

New America Foundation event today on "Moving Beyond Death Panels"...I haven't watched the entire event but following the livetweets suggests it was a good one. Presenters included David Goodman from Dartmouth talking about their recent report on quality of end of life care for Medicare beneficiaries. Shannon Brownlee moderated, and here are the presenters.

  • David Goodman
  • Joanne Lynn
  • Becky Beauregard
  • Michael Cannon
  • Martin Gorman
The antidote to the death panel nonsense is to learn how to talk about the issues related to end of life care. This is a good example of that. Joanne Lynn especially, talking from about 25th minute to the 35th minute, very clearly lays out our culture's inability to talk about death and how that greatly hinders policy.

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