Doctors’ Personal Health Choices

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Tom Emerick

Posted 2/28/12 on Cracking Health Costs

Doctors often do not seek for themselves treatments they offer patients. This is particularly true for end of life care.  I’ve seen examples of that all my career.  I’ve also asked doctors about whether or not they personally would seek aggressive of treatment if they had a specific type of cancer.  Rarely do they say yes.

The question is, what’s up?  The WSJ today has a really good article on this topic. Click here to read it.  The following quote probably sums it up: “It’s not something that we like to talk about, but doctors die, too. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared with most Americans, but how little. They know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care that they could want. But they tend to go serenely and gently.” 

I’ve made it abundantly clear to my family that when my time comes I want to exit quietly, as painlessly as possible, and with dignity.  That makes the best sense to me, and evidently to most doctors too.

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