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Misdiagnosis and Mistaken Prognosis

Misdiagnosis and mistaken prognosis yearly puts 6 million Americans at risk of severe harm.  S.2745/H.4782 could make that harm even more lethal.  Thousands of Americans “graduate” hospice every year, and 12%-15% of people diagnosed with 6 months or fewer to live will outlive their diagnosis, sometimes by decades. Oregonian Jeanette Hall wrote the Boston Globe in 2011 that after a terminal diagnosis she sought assisted suicide, but her doctor persuaded her to try more treatment. “If my doctor had believed in assisted suicide, I would be dead,” she wrote. She has now lived more than 20 years post diagnosis.