Aired Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m. On this edition of Health Matters Nurosurgeon Dr. Anil Nanda, Attorney Lake Hearne, and Reverend Guido Verbeck III joined host Dr. Randy Brewer to talk about the medical, legal and spiritual issues involved in making end of life decisions. They also took your calls during the show at 800-552-8502.
Airs Sunday, May 12 at 6 p.m. Just because we can extend life, should we? The U.S. is expected to spend $2.8 trillion on health care in 2012. Medicare alone will cost taxpayers $590 billion, with over 25% going toward patients in their last year of life. If health care is a scarce resource, limited by its availability and our ability to pay for it, should government step in to ration care, deciding whose life is worth saving? In other words, how much is an extra month of life worth? The debaters are Dr. Art Kellermann, Peter Singer, Sally Pipes, and Ken Connor.