Vol. 30, No. 2 (Summer
of Life Decisions And the Maximization of Length of Life
Edward Stringham and
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.