8 cures for improving end-of-life care

Ensuring better end-of-life care requires changes from patients, providers and payers. Expressing wishes in writing, conducting community-wide discussions about end-of-life plans, encouraging doctors to discuss all options, reconfiguring reimbursement models, avoiding costly care that will neither prolong nor improve life, providing more comfort in the last days and expanding coverage of hospice services could help reduce the emotional and financial costs associated with death.

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