The Onion explores why physicians may not be the best professionals to make "end of life decisions."
"Given your grandfather's age, overall state of health, limited medical coverage, the fact that it was almost 5 p.m. on a Friday, and that hand cramp I got midway through, the odds were stacked against him. He was in bad shape. Nonetheless, from the moment I woke up from my afternoon nap until the minute we decided to call it a day, Dr. Juzwiak and I gave it the ol' college try—you can be sure of that.
He's in a better place now, really. This hospital is terribly overcrowded, there's no AC, and I feel like I see a different sick guy walk in here every 15 minutes. It kind of sucks."
Just something to think about as we rush headlong into paying them to do so.
With all due respect, I do not understand why physicians are being paid to make these kinds of decisions with their patients? Why not chaplains? Social workers?
And haven't such discussions ALWAYS been voluntary?