quality of life

Pushing Multi-Hospital Death Panels

The medical/legal intelligentsia continues to promote empowering committees of “experts” to rule on which patients can receive wanted life-extending treatment and which should be refused based on “quality of life” and financial considerations. Now an article by Thaddeus Mason Pope in the New York Law School Law Review urges the creation of multi-institutional ethics committees to make […]

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Why A “Quality of Life Ethic” is Dangerous

I can’t tell you how many times I have been called by desperate people fighting hospitals and doctors not to give up on their desperately ill or injured loved ones. Sometimes the cases seem beyond effective remedy. But sometimes, it does seem as doctors or bioethicists want to give up because they don’t think the […]

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“Quality of Life” Up to Patient, Not Bean Counters

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC We hear much talk about how the health care system should take “quality of life” of the patient into account in medical decision making. This issue is discussed in the Health Blog over at the WSJ today. From “Informed Patient: Taking Quality of Life into […]

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Should Courts or Ethics Committees Decide “Futile” Care Cases?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Those who have read my books and other writings, know I oppose legalizing futile care theory. Futile care theory would permit bioethics committees or doctors to refuse wanted life-sustaining treatment based on quality of life and/or resource husbanding purposes (as opposed to being physiologically useless). […]

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