[Editorial] Medicare opens up the end-of-life conversation
Nobody wants to talk about the end of life. But conversations between physicians and their patients are essential to providing the best possible quality of health care at all stages of life. On July 8, Medicare, the largest insurer in the USA of people aged 65 years and older, announced plans to cover advance care planning. This initiative will reimburse doctors for counselling patients about end-of-life care before they become physically or mentally incapable of making decisions.