I know that this concept can be difficult to understand when there are usually so many people involved in the end of life care decisions in the first place. Generally speaking, a person signs a health care proxy to designatre a family member/friend, etc. to make those important medical decisions for them in the event that they are mentally and/or physically incapable of making those decisions. THese situations can be very easy -- in a case where someone is not even conscious and decisions must be made for them then the Health Care Proxy is the latest and greatest thing for that person who cannot make their own decisions to get the proper care in accordance with their wishes expressed through the person who they chose as their Proxy at an earlier time.
Troubles arise when the person who has earlier signed a Health Care Proxy may be mentally and emotionally unstable and the doctors will have to determine whether or not to listen to the patient (who requests one method of care) or whether to listen to the Proxy (who is requesting another means of care or to completely stop the care being given to the patient). It is situations like this where doctors sometimes have to override the proxy because the patient seems lucid enough to make their own decisions and the proxy seems to be not necessary.
You missed the point. I asked about Informed consent vs. Right to refuse treatment. I also explained my mother has Alzheimers. In fact she has no mind to decide a thing. The 2nd part of the question is about a physician's right to impose changes against a HCP or without their consent.
Hello again -
The point is that a doctor can override a health care proxy and /or override decisions made by the selected person if the doctor feels that the person is still in their right mind to make those decisions.
However, I do think that you need to elaborate on the questions for another expert to understand what it is you are asking -- exactly --. And you should probably post each question separately so what you are seeking is clear to anyone reading each ???? individually / separately.
Due to our mis communication earlier, I am going to opt out of the question and ask that one of our collegues step in to assist you tonight
THANK YOU !!
Good enough. You didn't get it. There's no point in your response regarding overide... I've already said my mother has Alzheimer's and CANNOT decide or answer to such issues. That is why I take her place in this function. Please opt out.
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