Jeffrey Weiss at Politics Daily has a good piece up discussing end of life planning. I’ve never understood the ‘death panel’ argument. Every year we spend billions of dollars providing end of life care that is not of much benefit. If that’s what a person demands, then so be it– no one is going to take away the freedom of a patient to make that decision. But health care is a tricky field– there’s an agency problem, where patients and doctors have to work together to manage their care. If there is a failure to communicate, you end up with a lot of unnecessary spending. If the government, among the various things it has to determine rewards for, incentivizes doctors to communicate better with their patients, you get better, cheaper care.
Seems pretty straightforward to me.