Death is inevitable, but for most people in rich countries it's not sudden. Our Public Policy Editor, John McDermott, examines how terminally ill patients can have the death they want. How to have a better death. Michael Hunter was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was given roughly 12-18 months to live. Medicine has given us longer healthier lives but it has also changed how we die. Deaths today are rarely sudden. In rich countries about two thirds of deaths take place in a hospital or nursing home. The vast majority of people would prefer to die in their own home. Yet whilst most people say they care more about their quality of live than eking out every last minute. Medicine is generally geared towards aggressive often painful treatment at the end of life.

Death is inevitable, but a bad death is not | The Economist

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