Again, I am happy to give anyone who is 100% self-funded to make whatever decisions they want to, even if it makes no sense to me or any doctor. However, if they are asking me (through private health insurance or some government form of insurance, e.g., Medicare) then, at the very least, allowing a doctor to talk to a patient and family about the costs and benefits of certain treatments seems a reasonable step.
Do you realize you are using language that indicates that you are the one deciding? You will ‘be happy to give’?
Do you not realize that the presumably routine pre-op question of “do you have a living will” has been interpreted as a do not resuscitate instruction by some people in situations that have cost them their relatives—as told by individuals here on FR?
Has a general practitioner ever asked you about that and recorded your answer in what is now becoming a massive federal data warehouse data bank?
Are you in a position or of a mind to force/influence effectiveness of health coverage offerred by private insurers? Are you aware of the restrictions and limitations of coverage now coming on line in major corporations?
My contract for private healthcare coverage does not have your name in it nor do I need to check with you on what care I do or don’t want. I may not even carry the same company as you. Insurance companies manage risk, they do not care if you don’t want me to have a certain procedure because you don’t think it’s good for me, your personal finances or wishes do not enter in to their contracted coverage arrangement with me - that I pay for.