Ann McKenna Fromm: Politics and religion converge in end-of-life care

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Jarvis," I asked my husband, "should we have a discussion about end-of-life care?"

"Yes," he said. "We need that discussion -- almost in religious terms."

I wasn't sure what he meant. The reason the whole subject comes up so much nowadays is political: Who would pay for end of life care? I reminded Jarvis that, according to a July Wall Street Journal article, most health care spending in general occurs in the last six months of life. And a recent UC Berkeley report noted that health care accounts for 16 percent of our gross domestic product; it will increase if nothing is done, providing a huge drag on our country's economy.

"All the more reason we need that conversation," Jarvis said.

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Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish MinistryDeath / Burial / Funerals* Culture-WatchHealth & Medicine--The 2009 American Health Care Reform DebateLife EthicsReligion & CultureScience & Technology* TheologyEthics / Moral Theology

Posted September 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Words Matter wrote:

I would never have thought of referencing the WSJ and the national economy in an end-of-life conversation with my loved ones.

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