To: Blue State Insurgent
Actually i think they do this already iwth advanced directives. At least every time I go to the hospital for chemo they ask me about this. I get huffy and they back off.
Lots of olders like this,,their fear is treatment that drags on with tubes, etc.
But to say this has assisted suicde in it is a lie,,and reflects poorly on honest people.
posted on 07/17/2009 4:59:31 PM PDT
Even if it's merely implied, I fear the slippery slope.
I agree there is no explicit reference to assisted but I feel the bill's language may create an “opt in” requirement for life sustaining treatment. Most hospitals now default to an all available treatment policy unless an advance directive specifically directs a DNR status. This bill may reverse that policy by statute and allow people to die absent specific documentation to the contrary. Not exactly assisted suicide but no action is required to forego treatment. JMO
posted on 07/17/2009 7:12:12 PM PDT
(There's a little Jim Thompson in all of us)
>But to say this has assisted suicde in it is a lie,,and reflects poorly on honest people.<
It is right there in black and white.
(E) An explanation by the practitioner of the
20 continuum of end-of-life services and supports avail
21 able, including palliative care and hospice, and bene
22 fits for such services and supports that are available
23 under this title.
posted on 07/18/2009 10:11:46 PM PDT
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