Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Remember: No Matter What The Law, Some Doctors Will Do Exactly As THEY Please, Patients Be Damned

I have written often about the concept I call Doctor Power. That is, that physicians are accorded, and use, immense power in dealing with their patients and their families. Most people assume that this is power used for the good of the patient. Uh-huh. You better think again. Here’s another example: A Canadian patient who has stated in no uncertain terms that he wants all measures taken to keep him alive, no matter the severity of any side effects. Guess what? The doctors are saying baloney – THEY have the power to refuse treatment because THEY say so. The hell with the patient's and the family's wishes. Better chat to YOUR doctor and see how they feel about respecting your (legal) wishes . . .
Family, doctors battle over ‘do not resuscitate’ order
Mann Kee Li, shown with his two sons and nephews, is currently in and out of consciousness and unaware that his wish for life-saving care is being denied, his family says.
As Mann Kee Li lies in hospital fighting dire prospects, his family is engaged in a life-or-death struggle, not with the cancer spreading through his body, but with the doctors treating it.
Li, a 46-year-old Toronto accountant and father of two young boys, wants doctors to use all medical measures possible to save him in the event of a life-threatening emergency.
He made those intentions clear to his doctors at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre when he entered the hospital in August. He wrote it in a power of attorney document and confirmed it in a videotape statement, his lawyers say.
While his doctor initially agreed to respect those wishes, physicians unilaterally reversed the decision a week ago without consultation and imposed a “do not resuscitate” order, his family alleges. more

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