The Medical Profession 's Compliance

1523 WordsDec 14, 20167 Pages
This paper will evaluate the medical profession’s compliance in honoring a patients’ living will and durable powers of attorney. Every human being of sound body and mind have the right to decide what happens with their body. If a doctor performs a procedure without the patients consent then that doctor has committed an assault. In the event a patient has done their due diligence and created a living will or obtained a durable power of attorney to manage their wishes or affairs, be it medical, or financial if some unforeseen situation prevents them from speaking or detailing their wishes. The question is, will their legal documents be honored. The problem is the public believes patient and family choices for life preserving measures should be respected, but the healthcare providers believes it is pointless to extend life sustaining treatment to someone who is considered legally dead or in a vegetative state or might have an illness that is irreversible. “Ethicists who advocate the prohibition on taking action to shorten life agree that, “where death is imminent and inevitable, it is permissible to forgo treatments that would only provide a precarious and painful prolongation of life, as long as the normal care due to the sick person in similar cases is not interrupted.”(Pozgar 428) Having an advance directive is no guarantee that end-of-life wishes will be honored. Advance directives have been around for almost 40 years and have been federally mandates in all Medicare
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