Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD | Authors

The Health Economics of Palliative Care

June 01, 2002

Often, Congressional financing of programs can be secured only with indirect arguments. In the 1950s, the Eisenhower administration convinced Congress to fund the interstate highway system by claiming it was essential to enable Americans to evacuate cities in case of a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union. In the 1970s, advocates trying to persuade Congress to pay for dialysis argued that the procedure would be inexpensive, and that people would return to work and pay for themselves. Similarly, in the early 1980s, proponents of hospice advocated Medicare coverage because it was cheaper and better care for the dying.