Image by Getty Images via @daylifeAs many of you know advance care planning (ACP) has been in the news a lot lately. Last summer voluntary physician reimbursement for ACP was mis-characterized as leading towards 'death panels.' At the end of 2010 it looked as if some reimbursement for physicians would be made available on a voluntary basis to do advance care planning for people covered by Medicare. But then as soon as it was made available, whoosh! it was no longer there. Now the reasons why it was here and gone again are ripe for political pundits to debate, but what does it mean for you?
Regardless of your political affiliation, most people can agree that you should have a very strong voice in making your health care decisions. And those decisions can cover a number of areas including organ donation status, resuscitation status, and importantly what you would like to happen if you could no longer make complex medical decisions. This is where having the conversation with your loved ones is so important. And it is free! After you have the talk then make it legal with any of the free tools on this site.
And if you are feeling particularly strong about these issues, we invite you to donate and join us on National Healthcare Decisions Day to help other people prepare for the time when they need someone else to speak for them.