Monday, February 20, 2012

Healthcare:  Texas Has Death Panels

When families demand treatments that have an exceedingly low likelihood of success or that sustain life of such low quality that one might reasonably say it is of no benefit to the patient, Texas law allows physicians to refuse to provide such treatments.

Under the Texas legislation, demands by families for treatments that appear to meet these criteria are adjudicated by a hospital-based committee, and if the committee agrees with the clinicians, and if other providers cannot be located who are willing to provide such care, then treatment may be withdrawn without the permission of the patient's surrogate.

From The Texas Advance Directives Act by Ezra Klein, February 19, 2012 at Ezra Klein.

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