Hi everyone out there, I was wondering what you guys thought about palliative care and its state in this country. The reasoning behind this question stems from the assisted suicide debate. I feel that "one" of the reasons that assisted suicide has come to the forefront is because of the underutilization of palliative care due to many reasons, one being that insurance companies do not pay enough to help families where this option is desperately needed. My real question though is how does the medical communtiy view palliative care? Do medical schools devote time to this topic, or is it "ignored" because it conflicts with the physicians primary goal of healing/preserving life? I know that palliative medicine is a "newly emerging" field of medicine, but I would like any opinions on how the general medical community views palliative care. Thanks for any input.