Wisconsin is learning how to die

Encouraging conversations with doctors about end-of-life care helps to normalize the process for patients, and ultimately helps to reduce medical costs. The Respecting Choices program developed in La Crosse, Wisconsin, provides a model for doctors to follow in discussing end-of-life care with patients. Following the script helps patient’s engage in difficult conversations and allows doctors to make advanced planning a part of a patient’s medical record. Such planning also reduces end of life costs.

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