70 Fla. L. Rev. 447 (2018)
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The U.S. health care system is an inefficient machine that is burdened by overconsumption and wasteful spending. The system has long defaulted into maximizing the quantity of life over quality—a choice influenced by corporations that stand to profit with every additional procedure. To stymie health care spending and attempt to restore the true cost of treatment to patients, this Note proposes an alternative to how health insurers provide options to terminally ill cancer patients by offering a partial cash rebate to forgo any life-extending measures. The patient would be free to leave his or her legacy, the health insurer would save on expenses, the natural inclination to consume more health care would be lessened, and the reduction of wasteful medical spending would help lower the cost of health care.