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May 11, 2007

Futile Care Theory

Topics: Futile Care Laws

What if hospitals could put a sign over their doors stating, "We reserve the right to refuse life-sustaining care?" People would be outraged. Yet that is precisely what Texas law explicitly grants to hospitals -- namely, to say no to wanted life-sustaining treatment, on the basis of subjective judgments about the quality of the patient's life. It is an example of a bioethical concept known as Futile Care Theory, a.k.a. medical futility.

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Posted by tim at May 11, 2007 12:54 PM


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