Originally posted by DigitalGrl
....about them going farther than what the law allows or skimming the line.
I do see your point. It's just that from a legal and ethical perspective, this isn't new....the law is horribly grey in some areas, and in some
cases this actually necessitates
"skimming the line", as it were, you know? I know ER isn't the best example, but remember all those times
George Clooney's character skirted the law to help patients (and in some cases downright trampled all over the law
) ? It's the same kind of
....lets say i have different religious beliefs than my parents and i do want to go through a treatment like a blood transfusion and lets say my
parents are JW's (they arent lol) and they are against it. so they tell the docs to withhold treatment because.. well... they are going to be the
ones paying for it and they have medical rights over me. and i end up dying.
This is where you'd have a great case for legal emancipation - and you'd probably have no problem winning your case (fwiw, while it was being
decided, your parents wouldn't be able to have treatment withheld). Plus, there've been cases recently when such actions (parents withholding
treatment for religious reasons) have resulted in lawsuits against the parents for abuse and/or neglect.
so there is a slippery slope. its also slippery if the children have all the say so as well. so i think there needs to be clearer lines as to what
docs can do or not. i think easing pain is one thing but killing someone off by giving them pills, or injections is another thing. especially in the
case of children.
Honestly, the same concerns apply to vulnerable adults, too, and adults who (for whatever reason) are not considered able to make their own healthcare
decisions. Though it's a tough cookie to swallow, parents and guardians do
have the rights to make healthcare decisions (unless
emancipation is sought and awarded) - sometimes those decisions are made for reasons we don't understand.
There does though need to be a separation (if only for our own limited understanding of these matters!) made between terminally ill patients, and
those who might have other treatment options - I don't honestly think that these decisions are made lightly at all, and it does appear that they're
rarely made at all if the patient isn't considered terminally ill.
i have so much compassion for people in these situations but at the same time i just see danger in it as well.
I don't think you're alone in feeling compassion for the patients in these situations
I'm just not sure the article is actually indicating that much of a problem...it is, afterall, really talking about cases where it's generally
that there aren't any realistic treatment options available.
In an ideal world, the decisions would be made by the parents, but with the full knowledge, advice and suggestions of the treatment team.