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Just Knowing the Option is There

By on October 18, 2014
Dr Atul Gawande

” The fact that there are people with unbearable suffering that cannot be relieved  means we are heartless if we cannot provide options…”

Being Mortal - Dr Atul Gawande's book

Being Mortal – Dr Atul Gawande’s book

It’s an area where the U.S. health care system is falling short, according to renowned surgeon, best-selling author and New Yorker writer Dr. Atul Gawande — whose new book, BEING MORTAL  is the basis for a documentary film by the same name coming to FRONTLINE in winter of 2015.

Doctor Gawande says Maynard’s story “is a sign that our health care system has failed her, because she cannot trust that medical personnel are going to recognize her priority of not suffering, and be willing to offer sufficient care and therapy,” .

See what else Gawande had to say about Maynard’s case, assisted suicide, and death and dying.

Brittany Maynard: Symbol of a Broken Health Care System?

A 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer, Brittany Maynard, will end her life on Nov. 1, 2014 rather than allow her disease to progress. According to renowned surgeon and author Dr. Atul Gawande, Maynard’s case is “is a sign that our health care system has failed her.”  See what else Gawande had to say about Maynard’s case, assisted suicide, and death and dying. Less than 1% seek this option and less than half of those use it.

 

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