2. Until recently, the fact that aging people inevitably die was simply swept off the agenda in public policy. The fact that we almost always become very sick before we die was seen as some sort of temporary inconvenience. We as a society have not developed a fabric of how to help people deal with degenerative illnesses for a long time and then help them die.
3. A lot of (hospital) treatment that is provided does not add anything to the patient's quality of life or even to their length of life. A hospital is a very tough place to maintain any quality of life either for patients or their families.
4. Hospices are extremely cost effective compared to hospitalization. But more savings could be realized if more patients did not delay entering hospices until a few days before death, when expenses were the greatest.