Medicare Patients Get Costly Surgery Before Death

Nearly one of every three Americans on Medicare undergoes surgery in their last year of life, according to a new study. Those numbers are leading experts to question whether these costly and invasive procedures are the right prescription for dying patients and a bloated health care system. The study, published in The Lancet, analyzed more than 1.8 million claims for Medicare patients who died in 2008, and found that 32 percent of them had an operation in the year before they died. Nearly one in...Full Story
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