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Making Your Healthcare Decision

Posted on: April 16th, 2015 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger
Bellin Health believes it's important to talk to your loved ones about how you want your healthcare handled.

Bellin Health believes it’s important to talk to your loved ones about how you want your healthcare handled.

 

Here at Bellin Health, we’re joining other healthcare providers in recognizing National Healthcare Decision Day on April 16th! Each year on this day, Americans are encouraged to talk with loved ones about their future healthcare and to discuss potential decisions together. The need for such discussions is clear; in 2013, The Journal of the American Medical Association stated that 26% of Medicare beneficiaries spent all or part of their last month of life in an intensive care unit, which is a marked increase from a decade ago. Clearly, having important conversations now can help loved ones make decisions on your behalf more comfortably when the time comes. Consider these statistics, pulled directly from reports completed by The Pew Research Center:

  • 42% of Americans have had a friend or relative suffer from a terminal illness or coma in the last five years, and for a majority of these people and 23% of the general public, the issue of withholding life sustaining treatment came up.
  • By more than eight-to-one (84%-10%), the public approves of laws that let terminally ill patients make decisions about whether to be kept alive through medical treatment.
  • One of the most striking changes between 1990 and 2005 is the growth in the number of people who say they have a living will – up 17 points, from 12% in 1990 to 29% now.

The final statistic refers to one of the most important missions of National Healthcare Decision Day – educating the public about the importance of having an advanced healthcare directive, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care. If you don’t already have such a document in place, this is a great time to create one! Health care directives can have different names in different states, so talking with an attorney is key as you begin your planning.

Your friends at Bellin Health care about your total wellbeing, and we want to play a part in helping you make educated decisions about your health care. We hope this information has been helpful, and we encourage you to consider taking steps in the important area of health care directives. And, as always, if we can be of any assistance in your medical care, please don’t hesitate to call our experts at 800-453-7801.

*All statistics obtained from this report.
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