K wrote, got me thinking about something I often think about: care of the very elderly. That is, resuscitating, providing expensive care, etc. When I see some 80 or 90 year old coming in really sick I think: Grandpa wants to die but we aren't going to let him.
More and more we are seeing peole over 90 in the ER, sometimes over 100, and of course there is an explosion of people in their 80's. Because we want to live forever in this country, nobody talks about resuscitation, what you would want done if you are really ill, etc. So millions and millions of dollars are spent on futile care. Eventually we will have to deal with this but of course we will wait until medicare is completely bankrupt. Thats what we do. We aren't exactly a proactive country.
The debate over this will get very, very ugly as it already has over something as simple as whether your doctor can get paid to talk to you about end of life care. Here's the deal though: either we deal with it or the country goes into a depression ten times worse than the current one, hospitals close left and right.
This is already going on in other countries and somehow the world has not come to an end. It will happen here. Sooner rather than later. Everybody dies. Even your mom and dad.