Monday, September 18, 2017

Make Clinicians Feel Legally Safe to Do the Right Thing

I am just back from a marvelous conference on end-of-life law and policy in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Interestingly, the citadel in Halifax (see center of this map) was originally erected to encourage settlers. Immigrants from England would not come, if they though they were in danger of attack from the French or Colonial Americans.


This seems apt as a metaphor for a theme in the conference. Physicians will not "come" to the healthcare service (e.g. VSED, POLST, MAID), if they do not feel safe from the "attacks" of plaintiffs or regulators. Much of my work is designed to clarify or change the law to reduce this legal uncertainty.







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