Advance medical directives and health-care savings

In LaCrosse, Wisconsin, a disproportionately large percentage of the population have advance medical directives for dealing with end-of-life care, reports NPR's Planet Money. It's a cultural thing, not a government mandate: people there are just comfortable talking about and planning for their own deaths.

LaCrosse is also notable for having the lowest health-care spending in the country.

To learn about the connection between those two data points, listen to this fascinating story.