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I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosopy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend. --Thomas Jefferson
While I might personally agree with you, I can not in any way imagine thinking it was anyone else's business to decide whether or not someone's life is worth living. It might start out as only the brain dead, but how long does it take to move onto to anyone who is terminal to anyone that is severally handicapped to anyone who is not blond haired and blue eyed?
Also, my mother is a nurse in a nursing home and there are many patients that are there for long term care. My uncle was in a persistent vegetative state for 2 years in a nursing home before he died.
Why this subject is a little close to home.... my mom had Alzheimer's, September 2011 she had a series of strokes that left her pretty much in a vegetative state, she did not need any machines but could not move or talk, she was asleep pretty much all the time. I spent 2.5 hours with her and she opened her eyes for a few seconds, I live 4000 kim from the rest of my family. In May 2012 she had pneumonia, instructions were give to keep her comfortable but no life support (DNR). My sister left to go to her son's funeral. The doctors resuscitated against our wishes. She finally passed away last October 20th. From May to October it was pure h.e.l.l. on my family. This is in Ontario (and as much as some people from there think they are all of Canada, they are one province) where there are "death panels".
BTW the title is misleading as the panels are only in Ontario, each province has different policies and procedures. Spending millions per year to keep someone who is brain dead alive is wrong. If you want to keep a brain dead patient alive you should have to pay for it personally.
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"The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." Caroline Myss
As long as we're talking about compassion, Bonita, would you be perfectly okay with a patient who has a living will and personal directive - all that stuff. They explicitly do NOT want to be kept alive by artificial means when their progressive illness or whatever prevents them from breathing on their own or they fall into a coma and are diagnosed as brain dead or non-recuperative. So, you're okay with the family going against the wishes of the patient, and keeping them on life support against their express written wishes? What if that was you? Don't you think under those circumstances (which are common, btw) that the 'death board' is a good thing? Seeing to it that the wishes of the patient are honoured? I do.
Last edited by ClairesMommy; 10-22-2013 at 08:12 PM.
Like the article states, this is about having an impartial ethical board who can give guidance when there is a dispute.
These death panels are brilliant and I wish they were in every country.
My mother-in-law, if she were in any other developed country, would be declared brain dead. She is in a persistent vegetative state, and has been since a massive stroke in May. She has told her kids and me in the past that she would never want to live this way. But my sister-in-law, who has no medical knowledge at all, thinks she will recover, despite having no higher brain function. It took 4 months to convince her to get a DNR. The hospitals in this country do not have any sort of ethical oversight and the doctors cannot even suggest that a patient be taken off of life support. If we were in Ontario, we would be able to grieve for her instead of watch her body waste away. She will die horribly of dehydration or pneumonia instead of with dignity. I wish we had access to a panel like this. Our societies spend too little time talking about end-of-life which is stupid because it will happen to everyone.
I feel that the people against this, and those who are against socialism in general, really have little faith in their fellow human beings. This really isnt about money, and the board is instructed to not take cost of care into account. It only comes into play when the doctors and the family cannot agree about the treatment or lack thereof. The board is to take the patients well being into account, nobody elses. Personally I think it would be great to have someone impartial advocating for the patient. Families are often too emotional at these times to make an informed decision, and even Drs can be influenced by past experience, and there own interactions with the family and patient. But then, I actually trust other people to make good decisions and to be intelligent when they are put on a board like this.
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