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HHS Secretary Leavitt touts living wills

In a talk to the American Hospital Association, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said that encouraging new Medicare participants to write living wills “would likely save the system a remarkable amount of money, allowing that money to be spent in other ways and other places.”

Leavitt said he had been approached by a congressman who raised the idea of incorporating a consultation about living wills into the Medicare physical for new beneficiaries (NY Times 5/2/05).

The AHA has announced a new educational campaign on living wills in response to inquiries it has received since the Schiavo case. See www.putitinwriting.org.

Additional information:

Information on state laws and on how to protect yourself against involuntary euthanasia: http://www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/willtolive/StatesList.html

“Why Terri Schiavo Had to Die,” AAPS News, May 2005.

Medicare Trustees Report, News of the Day 4/7/05.

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