New Jersey needs independent panel to resolve disputes over end-of-life care
Posted May 12 2010 12:28pm
The New Jersey Star-Ledger Editorial Board has postedan editorialon theBetancourtcase. They write that New Jersey Legislature should consider creating anindependent committeeto handle these cases because "sometimes it is in the patient’s best interest to discontinue life support, even when family members are not ready to let go."
I agree. But the TrinitasHospital prognosis committee is hardly "independent" in the requisite sense. Independence from the treating physician is not sufficient. Committees that adjudicate disputes with life and death stakes must be independent from the facility too. The editors erroneously write that Texas has such an independent committee.Texas leaves this to individual facilities' committees.