Beyond the Golubchuck case: The Issue of Intergenerational Trends in Medical Expenditures

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Eric Nauenberg

Keywords

End-of-life care, ethics, advanced directives, health care expenditures

Abstract

Recently there have been a number of court cases over
the decision to remove life-sustaining medical treatment
from critically ill patients. This is only likely to increase
in prevalence as the baby boomer population begins to
reach the age of 65. This paper explores how wider use
of advance directives could bring the competing concerns of clinical ethics, religion, and economics into better alignment so as to avoid many of the legal battles
currently being witnessed.