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How to Get the Right Death

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Why is death such a messy business?
Air Date: 12/3/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Patrick Neustatter, MD
Patrick Neustatter Born in England, educated in a "do-as-you-like" school (Dartington Hall) then gaining a medical education at prestigious Guys Hospital in London, Patrick Neustatter worked on four continents before moving to the U.S. in 1982, completing residency in family practice at SUNY at Stony Brook.

After more than 40 years, most of them "in the trenches" of primary care, he has developed an interest in coaching patients to help themselves and throw off the ingrained notion that "the doctor knows best." Since retiring from full time practice in Stafford, Virginia, he has become volunteer medical director of the Lloyd Moss Free Clinic, writes regular medical columns for two local newspapers and has worked on the concept of what he calls 'medical emancipation' to help patients get the effective affordable healthcare and writing this health guide.
  • Book Title: Managing Your Doctor: The Smart Patient’s Guide to Getting Affordable Healthcare
How to Get the Right Death
Approximately two and a half million deaths occur per year in the U.S, and only 10 percent are sudden.

This puts an important perspective on "getting the right death."

A bioethics research organization called The Hastings Center puts it, "Death is an inevitable aspect of the human condition. Dying badly is not."

The movement stands for patients to become "medically emancipated" and take charge of their own healthcare.

What can a patient do to address potential issues in advance of dying, and when should this take place?

Listen in as Patrick Neustatter, MD, shares how you can talk to your loved ones about getting the right death.
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