The Cost of End of Life Care

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TheCost of End of Life Care

TheCost of End of Life Care

Mydear Senator, I know the deafening sounds of health expendituredebates have reached you and so much has been said about this issueas it is draining our coffers. Medical experts like Aldridge andKelley (2015) have projected that if the current state of healthspending is not arrested by probably 2040, a third of every dollarwill be spent to cater for health care. It is with this concern as apatriot and an ardent supporter of your political principles that Iwrite to you. I believe that as a country we need solutions and justlike our founding fathers, we have to come together for the sake ofour nation’s future despite our political affiliations andcontribute ideas that will help us minimize spending while maximizingthe quality of health care given.

Honorable,I discovered that the high cost of end of life at approximately 22%is avoidable and has been contributed by the combination offunctional limitations with chronic conditions for instance,hospital admissions for patients with ketoacidosis, diabetes, heartfailure, shortness of breath due to fluid overload, and amputationsof gangrenous among other issues (Aldridge &amp Kelley, 2015).Moreover, the cost might be contributed due to lack of adequatesupportive services and community-based care leaving people with noalternative but to dial 911 and access emergency department, or theacute care hospital system (Aldridge &amp Kelley, 2015).

Therefore,there is a need for collaboration between states and nationalgovernments to come up a detailed plan that reduces the costcontributed by functional limitations by developing social amenitiesthat provide care and follow ups to reduce patients’ readmissionrate among other issues. Moreover, I believe that it is important toidentify various populations, which contribute to a high cost as eachgroup is likely to be served by various interventions that wouldproduce different results. If the few remarks I make, and the othercontributions that have been suggested might be taken intoconsideration, I believe that in the future the issue of health careexpenditure will not be a matter to debate constantly.


Aldridge,&nbspM.&nbspD.,&amp Kelley,&nbspA.&nbspS. (2015). The myth regarding the highcost of end-of-life care. AmericanJournal of Public Health,105(12),2411-2415. doi:10.2105/ajph.2015.302889