Former Wisconsin governor and US health secretary Tommy Thompson offered up an intense psychoanalytic take on the thorny issue of end-of-life care this week, saying that "guilty" children who ignore their elders then overcompensate at their deathbed are responsible for spiraling costs.
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"What happens? Mother or father or grandpa and grandma, you've been away, you haven't done very much. Children come home, mother or father's on their deathbed, they feel guilty because they haven't being paying attention to mother or father," Thompson said at a luncheon in Madison. He continued: "Let's face it. So they say 'let's do everything we can for mother or father. Don't spare the costs.' I'm not talking about denying anybody anything. I'm just saying let's let mother and father have their wishes. They may not want to be on a respirator the last six months of their life."