This piece was first published in Reuters Health. LMM President Randi Belisomo is a contributor.
With taxes filed, Americans today are being asked to consider life’s other certainty: death, and the myriad complications that often now accompany it.
National Health Care Decisions Day, marked on this date for the seventh year, is one in which patients and health providers are encouraged to think about their own end-of-life preferences. The man behind it, health care attorney Nathan Kottkamp, says such considerations have never been more critical.
“It’s a broken record issue,” said Kottkamp, a member of multiple hospital ethics committees. “Ninety percent of ethics consults I have been involved in deal with end-of-life decisions without advance directives.”