Jesse Ventura sounds off about how Medicare will start paying doctors to provide patients with advance care planning. This type of planning is designed for patients to lay out their dying wishes with family members and other health care professionals long before the grim reaper comes knocking. How prepared will you be when that fateful day comes?
Jesse Ventura: If people want to plan for the end of their lives, they have every right to do so. I have no idea why this is even an issue. It’s your life, plan all you want. It’s time for another segment of “What would Jesse Ventura do?”. Brigitta, take it away.
Brigitta Santos: Medicare will official start compensating doctors for counseling patients about End of Life options beginning January 1st of next year. End of Life care is not to be confused with hospice where patients go when they are already dying. Instead End of Life care consists of advanced planning that can be done at any stage of life, whether a patient is 16 or 80 years old. These discussions might cover things like how much medical treatment a person is willing to endure in exchange for extending their life and the circumstances under which a person would prefer to die. The goal is to make sure family members and health care professionals are clear on the patient’s wishes if he or she becomes unable to make decisions on their own.
Governor, this is a good thing, right? Continue reading