Another good article on the ethical dilemmas brought about by medical miracles that keeps you alive on the outside but dying inside:
In a highly litigious country like the US (the world is catching up, even us), the threat of getting sued governs too much what should be “correct medical care”. And multiple parties fight on the extreme side or just turn a blind eye (both are bad) on the debate between allowing a dignified versus fighting for a miserable, non-beneficial life:
We must do more to communicate together and understand our limits. I don’t think we do too poorly as we are definitely not very advanced (though reasonably comprehensive in coverage) and understand better our (limited) medicine’s limitations (pun intended).
The idea that avoiding litigation (a trend in the article) should guide life or death decisions is one of the greatest sins of lawyers (milking the Apple versus Samsung saga, not so much).
And managing these “directions of care” issues doesn’t pay:
Read the whole article for the author’s experience with a family member with an implantable electronic cardovascular device.