Going to be more hospitals reduce staff not only because of pending cuts in Medicare but because of the 30 day between admissions rule for some diagnosis on 10/1/12 if you are covered by Medicare. Maybe those people can find employment in hospices or in the field of palliative care to which many of the patients will now be referred.
Or medical tourism in the Carribean, Pacific islands, off-shore in ships, etc.
And that is the sad part that most people do not understand.
Palliative care will become a cost/benefit assignment based on age and a “standard” of care but, BUT! It will be DNR assignments and only enough care to “reasonably” sustain life NOT provide absolutely required and necessary procedures.
That is only intravenous care and pain relief is provided.
You are determined and assigned to your last days.
There will be no CPR, No attempt to ressucitate. No intubation. No invasive procedure that would, could or might save your life.
Once you are assigned to palliative care you should contact everyone you love and let them know how much they meant in your life and apologize to these you wronged.
You will be absolutely FK’d.
I speak from experience.