When people are using language like ‘death panels,’ there’s more emotion and fear than if you say you want to honor the wishes of this individual.

October 2, 2012

Dr. Susan Tolle, director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care at the Oregon Health & Sciences University, on how word choice factors into the chance of success for a state-level movement focused on giving terminally ill patients more say in what medicine and medical procedures they want or don’t want.