USA Today op-ed on end of life care and advance directives

My latest column was published this morning in USA Today: Politics mustn’t silence end-of-life talks.

It coincides with National Healthcare Decisions Day this Saturday, April 16th, an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes.

Here is an excerpt:

Rationing care, cost control, and the fictitious concept of government-sponsored “death panels” are never brought up during my end-of-life discussions with patients. Instead, many find it an empowering conversation that helps ensure that they receive the care they want.

Enjoy the piece.

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  • Rolf Erickson

    Kevin, thanks for helping spread the word about Advance Directives. Our mission is to change the conversation about death and dying. We’ve created a website at with information, tools and resources for end-of-life planning. We also offer access to Advance Directive forms for every state at Keep up the good work! Rolf

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