News of the Day ... in Perspective5/3/2005
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.
Information on state laws and on how to protect yourself against involuntary euthanasia: http://www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/willtolive/StatesList.html