It was exactly the right advice. She took it. My wife is currently covering her practice. The whole family went off and took portraits the day after chemo because hey - it might very well be the healthiest he'll ever be, ever again. They posted that shit on Facebook. F'n heartbreaking. For even more incestuous fun, the social workers that advised them are former coworkers of my ex-girlfriend the social worker at the hospital she used to work at. I probably know a few of 'em.
My larger point is that even our non-profit healthcare is run for-profit in a profit-driven environment and you're right - "the most benevolent kind of shady" might as well be the tagline of the entire social welfare industry.