The Health Care Of The United States

814 WordsFeb 29, 20164 Pages
Having spent the greater part of my life in Nigeria, I grew up in a culture where issues about dying or death were considered sacred and not to be freely discussed. It is a shame that in some parts of Africa, religious leaders are considered “experts” in palliative care and are given much more freedom to discuss end of life issues than qualified healthcare professionals. Some people pay exorbitant amount of money to have these clerics visit their dying relatives at home. Throughout the years I worked as a healthcare provider in Nigeria, I never used an advanced directive in the care of patients. After relocating to the United States some years ago, I came across people among whom some are my friends who talked about their advanced care plan with me and I was really surprised, but at the same time I became more curious and sought for more information about it. I realized that it is not only culturally acceptable in the U.S., but people are more proactive about their healthcare preferences. Therefore, I was very excited learning about it in great detail in my medical ethics class, and involving my spouse while working on this assignment provided an eye-opening experience on our values, beliefs, goals, priorities, and healthcare wishes as a family. Initially, I found it very uncomfortable imagining myself being in a vegetative state or prolonged coma because I thought life would be meaningless and not worth living if I should lose my capacity to think. I guess my fear stemmed

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