Refusal of care in most states is legal, euthanasia, on the other hand is not legal in most states.
It’s one thing allow the patient, and to recognize and comply with the patient’s wishes, to decline certain care and allow the patient to die naturally. This is different than affirmatively assisting the patient to cause their own death. This opens the door to advance directives. Competent adults may express their directives through direct instructions in a living will, deciding on a durable power of attorney for health care, among other options. This video reviews cautions to advance directives and the importance of knowing your state law.
Kim C. Stanger
Holland & Hart LLP
- Partner in the office of Holland & Hart LLP
- Practice emphasizes all aspects of health law, including regulatory compliance, risk management, health care transactions, and defense of individual and institutional providers in administrative and civil litigation
- Frequent speaker at local, regional and national conferences for health care providers, and the principal presenter of the firm’s monthly health law webinar series
- Frequent author on health law related topics, including national publications and the firm’s regular health law alerts
- Adjunct professor, Health Law, Boise State University
- Member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association Health Law Section
- Best Lawyers in America—Health Law since 2011; Lawyer of the Year—Health Law, 2014
- J.D. and B.A. degrees, Brigham Young University
- Can be contacted at 208-383-3913 or [email protected]
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