This link is to a guest blog post (November 6, 2009) by Dr. Ira Byock, director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.  In this post, Dr. Byock talks about the House’s Affordable Health Care for America Act and the recent section that has been resurrected; reimbursing doctor’s for having voluntary discussions with their patients on how they would like to receive end-of-life care.  From this subject of health care reform he segues into a few candid stories about advanced directive discussions with his patients, medical school students and his own daughters.


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