Further Questions

There are still any number of nagging questions about the Schiavo case. Diane Warth at Karmalisedhas come up with another one.

Terriā€™s hands are curled up around little soft cylinders that help her not to injure herself. I understand that these contractures are likely very painful, although there was a time when Terri was receiving simple motion therapy when her hands and arms relaxed and were no longer as constricted. When the therapy was discontinued by order of her guardian and the court, the contractures returned. These contractures would apparently be avoidable if Terri were given the simple range of motion therapy she previously received. It is very sad to observe firsthand these conditions that make her life more difficult, but that would be correctable with little effort.

Got that? Diane asks the following.

Yes, it is very sad, that her parents didn’t perform the therapy once it was discontinued. ROM can be done by anyone in less than 15 minutes. Her parents visit every day?

My question today is: who exactly is paying for Schiavo’s care?

Schiavo resides at a nonprofit hospice that has assumed part of the cost of her care. Medicaid pays for the rest. According to this AP story, keeping her alive costs about $80,000 per year, and at least $350,000 of the malpractice settlement awarded to Schiavo and her husband in 1992 has been spent on her care. Florida Medicaid normally offers hospice coverage for those with a life expectancy of no more than six months, but Schiavo has received assistance from the state for the last two years.

These two questions lead me to the last one. If Schiavo’s parents had to pay for her care and perform her therapy, would she have remained on the feeding tube for so long?

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