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Repeal of the Patient Self Determination Act

Posted Jan 06 2011 9:52am
With all the talk both about repealing healthcare reform legislation (or at least cutting off its funding) and about the backlash to Medicare coverage of voluntary advance care planning, it would not surprise me to see a bill aimed at repealing the Patient Self Determination Act .  

After all, the PSDA actually requires hospitals and other facilities to inquire about and engage in education concerning advance care planning.  If the states want to promote or require advance care planning, that is one thing.  But if the federal government wants to be agnostic and treat advance care planning like abortion and assisted suicide (not allowing federal funds), then why not at least be consistent?  Repeal all the federal law that promotes advance care planning.  The PSDA has been pretty unsuccessful in any case.

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