Difficult Choices - 05/13/2016
Different circumstances bring different levels of complexity to end-of-life care decisions. Physicians must act in the best interest of the patient, but with the ethical responsibility of not doing any intentional harm. As end-of-life issues heat up again in Capitol debates, protecting physicians' ability to carry out that duty under the 1999 Texas Advance Directives Act is a key feature of legislation the Texas Medical Association developed in collaboration with the Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Catholic Conference, the Texas Alliance for Life, and other faith-based groups. The groups are also pushing for reforms they believe will improve transparency and communication for all parties affected by these decisions.