Column: A mother's determination to plan her end-of-life care

Americans value personal choice, yet are reluctant to make their own end-of-life decisions, writes Susan Jacoby, author of "Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age." She writes that her mother was horrified that she might be kept alive by expensive procedures when she no longer was able to function and that she took comfort in knowing her hospice and palliative care cost only about $400 a day while hospital stays were thousands of dollars more.

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