Medical Futility: Institutional and Legislative Initiatives
Thaddeus Mason Pope
Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Australian Health Law Research Center, QUT; Saint Georges University; Alden March Bioethics Institute
September 12, 2008
U.S. President's Council on Bioethics, September 12, 2008
This document is a transcript of the author’s invited testimony to the U.S. President’s Council on Bioethics on medical futility in institutional and legislative initiatives. This is not a formal academic research paper; however, it is presented to be informational. Dr. Pope illustrates and defines a futility dispute, identifies the causes of futility disputes, explores intractable disputes, explains institutional policies and their relationship to law, describes state differences in safe harbor laws, and highlights the exception of Texas.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: medical initiative, institutional initiative, legislative initiative, futility dispute, safe harbor, health care
JEL Classification: K32
Date posted: February 27, 2012
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