Should We Ever Consider Leaving the Healthcare System?


Last Updated on October 20, 2020

Amy O’Rourke is one of America’s top advocates for caregivers and families, and she helps guide families through some of the toughest decisions of their lives. Sometimes that can mean making what feels like an impossible decision: deciding to pull your dying loved one from the healthcare system. In this video, she offers advice on making that decision.

Here are Amy’s three Takeaways:
1. Think about non-hospital alternatives for your loved one, such as home with assistance.
2. Slow everything down. Talk with your parent and siblings. Don’t feel rushed to make medical decisions.
3. Before any tests, decide what your actions would be. If the decision is to do nothing, then consider skipping tests or X-rays.