Unequal Lives, Unequal Deaths

by Sunita Puri, New York Times, 20 January 2016

Dr Puri is a palliative care physician working in the poorer districts of South Los Angeles: a place where “people die an average of 10 years earlier than those who live less than 10 miles away.”

Death may be humanity’s great equalizer, but the inequalities suffered in life – leading to a shorter life expectancy – become inequalities in the experience of dying as well.

We need to provide all patients – not only those who enjoy socioeconomic stability – with the comfort and dignity they deserve at life’s end, regardless of the inequalities that have shaped their lives.

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