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He's All Paid Up With Three Insurance Companies Funneling The Money
on April 6, 2014
We have all seen and heard the issue of end of life in health care. The most money is spent in the last 3 months of one's life, presumably keeping someone alive. The need for 'Living Wills', and the need for someone in the family who knows and can speak go your wants around the subject of death.
Here we have an ICU setting, sort of a spaceship feel, with machines and lights with little human contact except for Nurse Stella, played by Helen Mirren. With her on this unit is Dr. Ernst, played brilliantly by James Spader. He works 36 hours on and hardly any time off. The guy in charge, Dr Butz, played so well by Albert Brooks has Korsikoff's Syndrome, a disease of alcoholism that produces a defunct liver and and a loss of memory.
They all center around patient in Bed 5. He is in a vegetative state, and has two daughters. Margo Martindale, plays Connie the devout one, and Kyra Sedgwick plays the other one. One wants him to die peacefully, the other wants everything done. Both are crazed in their way, specifically crazed about the family will.
The ethics of living and dying, insurance money, my will against yours, and what is truly best for the patient is overlooked for awhile. The ending, however, should cheer you. It still plays well, today.
Recommended. prisrob 04-06-14