My Health-Care Story: The Right Kind of Rationing
By Elizabeth Hofmeister
In 2007, my mother died at 85 of renal poisoning stemming from kidney failure. My brothers and I were told by her doctor that she was not a candidate for kidney dialysis. Was this health-care rationing? Undoubtedly yes, but we did not question the doctor’s position.
At the time of her death, my mother was in the dementia unit of a nursing home, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Even assuming that in her mental state she could have withstood the dialysis regimen, her overall health would have only deteriorated over time. We understood that dialysis, as a limited medical resource, should be provided for those who could have a better long-term outcome.
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