Hospital-Designed “Living Will” BAD
Pro-Life Protective Document GOOD
Sign the Document that says what YOU want
—Don’t buy into the “DUTY To Die”
When you’ve been admitted to a hospital, are in an emergency room, or are having an outpatient procedure at a clinic, if the treatment should put you into temporary cardiac arrest—from which you might easily recover if you are treated properly—the cost for the facility of standard emergency treatment can range from $50,000 to more than $100,000. The medical services industry has long regarded Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) as your presumed, “normal” emergency treatment status, regarding your intention to be revived in an emergency as exceptional—and objectionable.
Hospitals have a strong financial incentive to muscle you into signing away your rights with a deceptively titled “Living Will”—the name conveys the impression that your intentions will be followed, but “Living Wills” are actually designed to give power to hospital administrators and insurance officials to deny expensive treatments that could save your life. You may be prompted to sign such a document when you are under the stress of illness, even in pain.
THE “Living Will” SALES JOB: “Grandma loved us so much that she wanted to have something to leave us, and she didn’t want to burden us by trying to cling to life after she had lived her time.”
You need to take time when you are calm and well, to plan and make arrangements for your intentions to be represented when you are in an emergency and perhaps incapacitated. If you take time to perform this task, you have a much better chance of obtaining a positive outcome. You need an “Advance Medical Directive / Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care / Protective Medical Decisions Document”.
Recently, one of our members was unable to help direct the course of treatment of an ill relative, because she lacked a document required by law to express the patient’s intentions. Without it, hospitals are under no obligation to follow an incapacitated patient’s verbally expressed intentions—doctors, or even hospital administrators, may summarily decide that a patient’s life is “futile” (life unworthy of life), and order discontinuation of minimal hydration and nutrition. In the absence of one of the protective documents listed below, hospitals may use medical privacy laws as a pretext for refusing even to provide relatives with information about the condition of a patient who has been admitted to a hospital.
Our friend, Dana Cody’s Life Legal Defense Foundation offers a free, protective document which specifically addresses the requirements of California law.
INSTRUCTIONS (Four Pages)
“About” the Protective Document
Make Your Health Care Decisions…Or They Will Be Made For You: A guide to protecting yourself and your loved ones
FORMS (Eleven Pages)
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