Sunday, March 09, 2008

No to cookie cutter care for the elderly (or anyone, for that matter)

Today the NYT reviewed a book about altering our approach to care for the elderly. This issues doesn’t end with the “Living Will”, and each one of us will need to accept the burden of determining for ourselves and our loved ones what constitutes health care and quality of life. Our profit and cure driven system has many strengths but clarifying the nuances of quality of life isn’t one of them.