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Cost of Dying: A shift in how we end our lives
The Mercury News

The experience of death is changing in America, gradually shifting from costly, high-tech battles against death in hospitals into hospices that gently accept the inevitable end. A new national database shows that 25 percent of Medicare patients died in a hospital in 2010, down from 28 percent in 2007. More than 47 percent died in hospice environments, often at home, up from 42 percent.