Advance directives and cost savings: greater clarity and perpetual confusion.

@article{Halpern2012AdvanceDA,
  title={Advance directives and cost savings: greater clarity and perpetual confusion.},
  author={Scott D Halpern and Ezekiel J. Emanuel},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={172 3},
  pages={
          266-8
        }
}
Context:  It is unclear if advance directives (living wills) are associated with end-of-life expenditures and treatments. Objective:  To examine regional variation in the associations between treatment-limiting advance directive use, end-of-life Medicare expenditures, and use of palliative and intensive treatments. Design, Setting, and Patients:  Prospectively collected survey data from the Health and Retirement Study for 3302 Medicare beneficiaries who died between 1998 and 2007 linked to… CONTINUE READING

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