By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter
My patients need to understand their options and make their own decisions.
Elderly and seriously ill patients are at risk due to the misguided thinking of two Republican lawmakers. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas suggests that palliative care shortens the lives of elders. And a bill, HR 410, from Iowa Rep. Steve King aims to prevent Medicare from paying physicians to speak with their patients about end-of-life medical preferences. Both men are challenging practices that inform patients about their illnesses and treatment options.