Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wisconsin is learning how to die - Vox

One town is making a commitment to conversations about end of life, even if they are not paid for by insurance or Medicare.

"La Crosse is a small town in western Wisconsin, right on the Minnesota border. It has about 51,000 residents. And La Crosse has, over the past three decades, done something remarkable: nearly all its residents have a plan for how they want to die.

"One of our doctors recently told me that making a plan is just like taking blood pressure or doing allergy tests," says Bud Hammes, a medical ethicist at Gundersen Health System, one of La Crosse's two hospital networks. "It's just become part of good care here.""

Wisconsin is learning how to die - Vox

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