End-of-Life Wishes Not Always Followed, Poll Finds

Most people’s end-of-life wishes aren’t completely followed in California, a poll from the California Health Care Foundation found.

They surveyed almost 1,700 people about their end-of-life plans, including nearly 400 who had a loved one die in the previous 12 months. Over half of everyone surveyed hadn’t informed their family of their end-of-life wishes, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. In addition:

Only 44 percent of Californians who have lost a loved one during the past year said their family member’s end-of-life preferences were completely followed and honored by their medical providers. That number dropped to 26 percent for those experiencing a language barrier and to 25 percent for patients who were uninsured at the time of death.

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