An Impossible Choice

Number 26774
Subject Health Care
Source inewsource
State
Year 2014
Publication Date Sept. 29th, 2014, Sept. 30th, 2014, Oct. 6, 2014
Summary inewsource exposed and documented a world where thousands of people, tethered to tubes and machines, are kept alive in places called “vent farms.” The state of California pays for all of their care, more than $600 million in 2013. A reporter and videographer secured unprecedented access to one of these units, producing an unvarnished portrayal of a system that keeps people alive at all costs. inewsource told the stories of families who refuse to let go of their loved ones when there’s no hope for recovery. And it became the first to compile and analyze California’s data on this population, learning that if the government wasn’t footing the bill for this care, this population wouldn’t exist.
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Keywords life support; vent farms; california; lives
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