In mother's death, health policy becomes personal

02/28/2013 | Health Care Blog, The

ProPublica reporter Charles Ornstein writes about his family's experience with deciding what to do when his mother went into a coma. The family knew her wishes but had questions about how to judge her prognosis and asked for additional tests. "I will always remember that behind the debate about costs and end-of-life care, there are real families struggling with real decisions," Ornstein writes.

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