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Lisa M. Krieger. The cost of dying: It's hard to reject care even as costs soar.
Every night before putting on his pajamas, Dad emptied the coins from his pockets. The special ones he placed in an album, but most went into a jar to be saved.
So how could the hospital bill for the final days of this frugal man -- with carefully prepared end-of-life instructions -- add up to $323,000 in just 10 days?
That's the price of a home for a struggling family. Enough to put a future doctor through medical school. Hundreds of prenatal visits. Thousands of vaccinations.