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Footing the Bill for the Costs of Long-Term Care

How much does it cost to take care of a seriously ill patient, and who foots the bill? NPR's Madeleine Brand examines the potential costs of long-term medical care for seriously ill patients like Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman kept alive for 15 years with a feeding tube and now close to death.

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Madeleine Brand
Madeleine Brand is the host of NPR’s newest and fastest-growing daily show, Day to Day. She conducts interviews with newsmakers (Iraqi politicians, US senators), entertainment figures (Bernardo Bertolluci, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Gervais), and the everyday people affected by the news (an autoworker laid off at GM, a mother whose son was killed in Iraq).