Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wealth Means Health

No wonder I don't feel so good:

"Survey ranking ‘quality of death’ finds US lacking on cost of care" by Yanan Wang Washington Post  October 08, 2015

WASHINGTON — No one likes to think about the end, even if everyone knows it’s coming. We prefer to prepare for more joyful milestones: birthdays and marriages, graduations and jobs. These all factor into our measures of well-being, our quality of life.

We’re repeatedly told to plan for retirement, yet we rarely discuss what will happen at the end of that slow sunset. As a result, The Economist Intelligence Unit says, we neglect to think about ‘‘dying better.’’

They really want to get us in the ground or oven, don't they?

In its second Quality of Death Index, commissioned by the Lien Foundation, a Singapore-based philanthropic organization, and published Tuesday, The Economist report distinguishes between end-of-life care and palliative care, which is defined by the World Health Organization as limited not only to care in the final stages of a terminal illness, but also includes early assessments, psychological attention, and support systems.

The Economist Intelligence Unit credits the Affordable Care Act with helping deliver sweeping changes throughout the US health care system, though the private sector has also developed ways of delivering on the increased demand for palliative services.

The action from the private sector has a drawback, however. ‘‘The obvious disadvantage is that the private sector is beholden to shareholders to provide quarterly returns,’’ Diane Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital’s medical school, said in the report.

By and large, the greatest predictor of how a country fares on these measures is wealth.... 

Then why is AmeriKan health care so rotten?


For some reason, I always feel sick to my stomach after reading a Globe.

End-of-life planning should be a piece of cake

They are really trying to push you into the grave, aren't they?