Countries around the world expend substantial resources to relieve the suffering caused by the burden of disease. Three articles published Online First in the Archives examine health care at the end of life. Two articles report on health care use and costs of care for older patients with heart failure in the last 6 months of life. One study was performed in the United States and the other in Canada, 2 countries that have markedly different health care systems. The third article examines the use of hospice in men with prostate cancer in the United States.
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