iirc in some eu countries such as germany one healthcare worker (usually a physican) is top dog on the team and runs a patient's care. he or she makes major choices and decisions regarding care but also carries ultimate responsibility. seems that was sorely lacking in this case.
the poor man in the op link had care that was all over the place and the healthcare team was all over the place in the messages it was giving the family.
one physican starts to speak with the family about the grim prognosis and the possiblity of "letting him go", only it seems to back down when the father says something about "i guess t his is all about the money". the two lead doctors aren't in agreement as to if the patient will ever get well, and naturally the family heard what it wanted to from the one that predicted a better outcome. one physican goes as far to say a special effort must be made because the patient received a second heart transplant.
meanwhile the nursing staff is in "moral distress" because the patient is obviously in deep pain during routine care. otho the family feels the patient is being "doped up" because he's so out of it physical theraphy is not possible.
more and more proceedures are done to his patient to treat this or that new aliment, infection, condition until in the end god and or nature did what they probably had been planning all along for this poor man; his demise.
am not trying to sound cruel or harsh but nature and life sometimes are and we must accept that. just as it's sad when a beautiful newborn deer is gobbled up by a lion it's just nature's or god's way sometimes and we must bear it as best we can.
ever since modern antibiotics came upon the medical scene there has been push to "beat" any aliment or disease via technology or advances in care. true quite often it succeeds, but also we are prolonging the inevitable.
as pointed out in the article linked from the op, the united states spends vast sums on healthcare for the elderly, more than any other nation and more that it seems on infant and early child care, yet often has limited to nil effect. patients may live a few months mor or a few years more but the question that must and should be asked is what is/will be their quality of life. healthcare in this country it seems is all about doing something to patients regardless of actual benefit.