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Commentary
January 20, 2010

Garnering Support for Advance Care Planning

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut (Drs Fried and Drickamer); and Clinical Epidemiology Research Center, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven (Dr Fried).

JAMA. 2010;303(3):269-270. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1956

The recent transfiguration in the popular press of a proposal to provide Medicare reimbursement to physicians for advance care planning (ACP) into the creation of “death panels,” which would decide the fates of older and disabled individuals,1 can be seen as more than a political maneuver to discredit health care reform efforts. It provides valuable insights into how the notion of ACP is perceived by the general public and a lesson for the medical community about how to promote ACP.

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