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Felos is best known for winning Guardianship of Browning, a landmark case on the so-called right to refuse or have withdrawn unwanted medical treatment.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.
Title XVIII section 1861(dd). This is the law that that Dept. of Health and Human Services is using to prosecute Sunshine Hospice, Inc.
Federal regulations regarding Medicare patients and hospices:
Page with links, including "Hospice Standards of Care":
Not to mention the potential 'Baby Boomer' generation soon to be flooding their gates (their hope, not mine) adding to their revenue coupled with the Gen X & Gen Y smaller population group and potential critical shortage of worker's needed to operate the facility, not just as caregivers but all levels of operation, the death wish group could 'solve' this troubling 'problem' by euthanasia, all the while preserving or even boosting their income stream and revenues. Ugh. It's all about the money. Why shouldn't they (sarcasm) want to cash in on some of that bounty that the abortion industry rakes in?
The Romans did themselves in with leaded wine glasses and excesses of all kinds. We have the excesses and death industries to potentially finish us off.
I could sit here and type all day about how I believe most of society's problems have been caused by the feminists. For instance, ever since women entered the workforce en masse in the 80's, we have seen an increase in the number of our elderly who have been placed in nursing homes by families too busy to care for their own.
Hospice, in my opinion, is completely different. It serves a need by those who have decided that they no longer want to fight to beat whatever disease is killing them. We had one hospice nurse who had, herself, just been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. She told us point blank that she had decided that there was no way she was going to put herself through course after course of radiation and chemotherapy because she had seen what that had done to so many (including us). Whatever she eventually decided to do is unknown to me. We never saw this particular nurse again. But, the point is, that she decided for herself how she would handle her illness and that was her right.
Hospices get paid for their services by the day. Hastening a patient's death would be counterproductive and decrease their profits.
Depends on what services they are providing. If they could gauge exactly how long each stay is, maximize revenue from a short stay and multiple the number of patients the increase in cash flow could fund expansion.
Hospice, or at least the idea, is NOT part of the "right to die industry." That "hospice" in Florida is not working correctly, unless they were under the impression that Terri would die in the usual allotted time.
There's something fishy about that facility. Wonder who owns it, who is on the board of directors, and who funds it?
Answer to my own question. FELOS was/is on the board of the hospice. How convenient.
This whole issue with Terri reads like a horror novel.
My experience with hospice has been positive. They help terminal patients and their families with the death process in a very caring way. Their purpose isn't to help prolong someone's life and has never been advertised as such.
This was underscored to me when my father-in-law was in the end stages of cancer. The hospice workers came to the house to talk to the family. We were considering using an alternative treatment to try to prolong his life. The hospice workers said they would not accept him in their care if there were attempts to prolong his life.
Thank you very much, that is exactly what I was looking for.
Perhaps someone could write a novel from the perspective of Terri. It would indeed be a horror novel.
You are right, my comments weren't appropriate to the post.
There are a number of problems with this concept.
1) One would be seen as trying to "cash in" on the tragedy.
2) It presupposes something that has been argued to death, (excuse the phrase), and not resolved -- whether Terri had awareness of her surroundings.
3) It is terribly depressing. I would have difficulty dealing with my emotions before I had completed six chapters.
4) No one would believe that human beings could be so venal and cruel.
5) Terri's perspective is surprisingly limited. Even assuming she had full cognitive function, she was kept well out of the loop of information. Although the very epicenter of everything that was happening, she was always the last one to know.
6) The more I learn about this, the angrier I get. This is not good for my mental health.
won't even consider it, huh? I'm sure your next novel will be intriguing, whether this or anything else you choose to write about.
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