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Quality of Life: Who decides?

Whose decision is it to stop treatment when quality of life can't be improved - the patients, the medical system, the insurance company, the government in the case of Medicare? On what basis? Use ethics to explain as well.

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1. Whose decision is it to stop treatment when quality of life can't be improved - the patients, the medical system, the insurance company, the government in the case of Medicare? On what basis? Use ethics to explain as well.

Although not everyone agrees, as a case in point, let's argue that the decision is to be made by the patient or the patient's family. First, based on the Constitution and medical ethics (do no harm e.g., Hippocratic oath), people have the right to make their own decisions and should therefore be respected to make their own end-of-life decisions without having others' values and views imposed on them, and also should be informed about the full range of options available for them to make their choice. Second, the person also has the right to make her or his own decision through a written will, which will then dictate the type of care they want and expect in the event they are no longer able (mentally) to make care decisions, such as life supports and the likes. I agree with this argument. This should be the case even when the government or ...

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Using research and ethical theories, this solution evaluates whose decision it is to stop treatment when quality of life can't be improved - the patients, the medical system, the insurance company, the government in the case of Medicare.

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