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NY State Laws on Family Decision-Making Rights are Changing

Very recent news: http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/senate-passes-family-health-care-decisions-act-0. This bill – which Governor Paterson has said he will sign – establishes the ways in which medical decisions will be made when the patient is incompetent to make them. Here is one excerpt from the NY Senate summary:
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Medical Decisions for Individuals Without a Surrogate:
·         The FHCDA authorizes the attending physician to act as surrogate for routine medical treatment.
·         For major medical treatment, a physician may act only upon the concurrence of another physician that such major medical treatment is necessary.
·         A physician may withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment for individuals without a surrogate only upon the independent concurrence of another physician that life-sustaining treatment offers no medical benefit to the patient because the patient will die imminently and the provision of life-sustaining treatment would violate accepted medical standards.
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The bill could be relevant to essays about whether patients should always receive food and water support.
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