Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year.
via Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground – NYTimes.com.
This article offers balanced information on the question of whether doctors should be reimbursed for discussing end-of-life directives with patients. These discussions not only help doctors fulfill patients’ wishes but also relieve families of having to make crucial medical decisions in emotional, stressful situations.
Some private insurers already cover the cost of end-of-life discussions, so it’s important to check your coverage if you have supplemental insurance.