Our Surprise Finding: Whatever a Doctor’s Political Views End-of-Life Care Is the Same

April 13, 2018

(USA Today) – Let’s say you’re admitted to the hospital with a terminal condition. You and your family are trying to make important, agonizing decisions about what you want in your final days — weighing complex trade-offs of quality and quantity of life. The doctor caring for you is either strongly Democrat or strongly Republican and has donated to political candidates in recent elections. Are you more or less likely to get a breathing tube? To be admitted to the I.C.U. or, instead, be discharged to hospice? To receive a feeding tube for artificial nutrition? Will the health system spend any more or any less? The answer to each of these questions is: No.

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