Skip to comments.Is hospice industry part of the right-to-die crusade?
Posted on 03/29/2005 8:33:03 AM PST by MikeEdwards
"The force that created todays hospice also propels the right-to-die movement." George Felos made that statement in his book, Litigation as a Spiritual Practice.
Felos, a self-styled dying-with-dignity crusader and attorney for Michael Schiavo has a right to his beliefs; a right to lobby and campaign for the death culture.
Funded, in part by federal tax dollars and having earned a reputation as the best among available end-of-life options, the hospice industry should play no role in the right-to-die crusade.
Patient care and not politics should be the focus of hospice administrators, board members and caregivers.
George Felos is best known for winning Guardianship of Browning, a landmark case on the so-called right to refuse or have withdrawn unwanted medical treatment.
According to Sharon Tubbs (St. Petersburg Times, May 25, 2001), "After the Browning case, Felos became a volunteer for the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, sitting and talking with terminally ill patients."
In time he was to become a member of the hospice board of directors.
During the past decade, Felos has been legal counsel for about 10 right-to-die cases.
The yoga practitioner and believer of reincarnation admits he is "exhilarated" to see himself on television. "Some of my best quotes appear on the editorial page," he has boasted.
Felos offended some by describing the dying Terri Schindler Schiavo as "beautiful" on national television last Saturday, and was insisting as late as last night that Terris death did not appear "imminent" to him.
It is not the first time the attorney has used uncomely rhetoric to describe a dying patient caught up in a right-to-die court case.
Felos claims he made "soul talk" with a dying Estelle Browning. . . . .
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It would certainly improve their turnover and therefore their profits.
One major condition of hospice is that a doctor determines you are terminal within six months. Terri does not meet that condition and never should have been in a legitimate hospice.
I don't think that Hospice started out this way.
Hush-hush,.........super,... 'black on black',... secret.........room '101'... ACTION '1984'......
Remarkable. The actual and God awful truth of the whole situation from the DEVIL'S ADVOCATE!
(If I may be so presumptuous as to call a scheming, death cult lawyer the Devil's advocate).
i wouldn't believe in a million years that being starved and dehydrated to death was terri's "wishes". BRAVO SIERRA.
Let's not get off track here with negative remarks about the hospice movement. For those of us who have had a close relative in a situation for no improvement and impending death, the hospice is a godsend. And the people who work there are angles of mercy. Thank You Very Much!
None of them did.
Just like Nightclubs and Bars. They didn't start off being centers of prostitution and drug abusers.
There was in incremental creep,where GREED and LUST attracted those with no moral conscious, who came in and took advantage to maximize profits.
Organized crime. Felos,Greer, Greer's wife, Shames, all the others, addicted to the profit, still on the leash to organized crime, and they take the brunt of the public outcry while the true owners go unnoticed. Greer and Felos are there to make everything LEGAL and ABOVE BOARD and PUBLICLY ACCEPTED.
Thereafter, the responsibility of hospice is to make the patient comfortable during his or her final days. They also provide services which allow stressed out family members to rest from constant caregiving activity. My hospice nurse was wonderful. She even stayed with me for several hours after the death of my loved one just so I was not alone and helped me make arrangemnets with the funeral home. I don't know what I would have done without her or our little CNA. Yes, I would imagine that there are people with questionable ethics involved in hospice (obviously Felos is one of them), but I would recommend hospice for anyone in their last days.
Deserved or not, their association with Felos and the death merchants of the "right-to-die" movement, will not improve their image. I'm beginning to think of them as death camps for the disabled.
I agree, (and sorry for your loss).
Hospice was a tremendous help. In fact, I don't know how I would have coped without them. The nurses were angels.
I'm sorry for your loss as well and I am very glad that hospice was there to help you.
(well, it will happen anyway, but)
The 'movement' I am talking about is the one made by 'some' of the public.
The ones who want out of the responsibility, both parents work, can't take care of grandma, put her in a nursing home, can't afford grandpa, put him in a nursing home.
These are the realities we have to deal with in our lives.
This 'movement' away from family home care to NURSING HOMES, to DEATH HOSPICE'S (and there is no negative connotation in that name, that is what they are, a place for the terminally ill to have skilled medical care until their passing), is what we are doing as a nation, and what we must be very very careful about.
There are those who would take advantage of the dying to make a profit, and VULTURES gather round the smell of death.
Is this HOSPICE one that has succumbed to the GREED FACTOR?
I think so.
Does that mean that all HOSPICE's have? Absolutely not.
IS THIS A WAKEUP MESSAGE to the rest of AMERICA and those HOSPICES? ABSOLUTELY!
"One major condition of hospice is that a doctor determines you are terminal within six months. Terri does not meet that condition and never should have been in a legitimate hospice"
I have heard this before but cannot find a source on a Hospice website that confirms this.
Are hospices governed by the same body?
Must they all follow the same guidelines?
How do we find out the conditions that must be met for admittance at any given hospice?
From what I've read - Terri should not have spent years and years at this hospice.
I've read this is a federally funded hospice so medicare/medicaid is picking up the bill instead of dear hubby.
Do you have any sources regarding this?
Only to the extent that our laws, and our 'ignorance' of the situation allows organized crime to make a profit in that industry. The more 'legal wiggle room' for profit, the more involvement of the RIGHT-TO-DIE.
I would like to make this point, as well. RIGHT-TO-DIE is not the true name of this 'culture'.
IT is RIGHT-TO-PROFIT-FROM-YOUR-DEATH.
And another killer whale is loose in society.
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