Where you live might determine how you die

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Curious about how you're going to die? Perhaps you should ask someone from Oregon.

We're not talking about knowing the cause of your death. That's way too morbid! We mean knowing what conditions you will be in when you do pass away. It might all be determined by where you live.

According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, people in Oregon have seemingly mastered the concept of passing away peacefully.

Seriously ill people in Oregon are more likely to have their end-of-life wishes honored. Nearly two-thirds of Oregonians who died did so at home and without intensive-care hospitalization.

Even though more than 85% of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, only less than 40% actually do.

Oregonians have been pretty serious about this passing away at home initiative for awhile now. The state enacted the nation's first death-with-dignity law and led the way on implementing portable medical orders for treatment at the end of life.

Dr. Susan Toole, who co-led the study, emphasized that despite more Americans wanting a say in how they die, "the level of care you receive near the end of life depends more on the state you live in and the systems they have in place than your actual wishes."

Ergo, if you gotta go, go to Oregon.

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