Is saving the life of a terminal patient always the best medicine?
End-of-life care in America is broken at every level. A recent Institute of Medicine report paints a damning picture of end-of-life care in this country: It needs to be entirely overhauled. We live in a city with some of the best hospitals in the world, the “Wall Street” of American health care. I work in one of the best hospitals on earth, and I’ve watched patients die in ways that are protracted, dehumanizing, and far more painful than they needed to be.