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JSPES, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Summer 2005 )

End of Life Decisions And the Maximization of Length of Life

Edward Stringham and Ben Parizek

The authors argue that allowing patients more say in deciding their own time of death could result in a greater overall length of life. In support of this they cite evidence that the last month of life can consume 40% of the total spent on healthcare during the lifetime of an individual. The paper reasons that the same resources invested in healthcare at earlier stages in life would yield much greater extensions in life length.

Key Words: Medical costs; Assisted suicide; Healthcare; American Medical Association; Health United States.