First off, hat tip to T.C. Shore at In A Handbasket for the link to today's topic. If you have not been to her site, stop by, she is well written.
She linked to and discussed comments Obama made as reported by the LA Times. The article was about comments Obama made during his ABC infomercial June 24th on health care.
The focus is this quote, also carried by T.C.
Reporting from Washington -- President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive and ultimately futile procedures performed on people who are about to die and don't stand to gain from the extra care.
In a nationally televised event at the White House, Obama said families need better information so they don't unthinkingly approve "additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care."
He added: "Maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller."
So, what do you think? What are your thoughts on withholding life-saving treatment at the end of life? Do you think a patient, hospital, or health care provider has an obligation to think about costs v benefit? Where is the line? Which patients and/or conditions should we be making this determination on?
Give it some thought because these really are not simple questions. As a health care provider, I am confronted with this issue often. What do you think about it?