- More than 90 percent of people in town have directives when they die, double the national average.
- Gundersen patients spend 13.5 days on average in the hospital in their final two years of life, at an average cost of $18,000. That is in contrast with big-city hospitals such as the University of California at Los Angeles medical centers (31 days and $59,000), the University of Miami Hospital (39 days, $64,000) and New York University's Langone Medical Center (54 days, $66,000).
As a result of so-called death panels, the patients have their OWN wishes complied with and save the system money. Seems to me that this is good thing for the patient and society.
On a side note, former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) was open and public about how he was very much appreciative of the end-of-life care his father-in-law received at Gundersen. That was until politics got in the way and he is now critical of the provision to pay doctors for end-of-life discussions. Unbelievable.