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A patient dying of financial catastrophe

I am not a doctor of finance.  I’m a medical doctor.  So when I enter an elderly patient’s home, I’m not expecting to do a wallet biopsy.  Whether they can pay me or not is of little consequence.  I do think, however, about whether they will be able to afford the care I prescribe.  Will they have enough to pay for that extra caregiver?  Is there cash to keep a roof over their head, food to nourish them?  These considerations only became a part of my practice as I grew experienced enough to move past the initial medical reasons that I was being called for.  Not only health, but finances can be heartbreaking.  Over many years of seeing my patients suffer and die from disast...

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