Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Creating the Nondiscrimination in Treatment Act

SB 1695 creates the Nondiscrimination in Treatment Act to prohibit the denial of life-preserving health care services from a requesting patient on the basis of a view that extending the life of an elderly, disabled or terminally ill individual is of lower value than extending the life of someone who is younger, nondisabled or not terminally ill.
It also prohibits the denial of services on the basis of disagreement with how the patient or their representatives value the tradeoff between extending the length of the patient’s life and the risk of disability.
Affected patients or their representatives may maintain injunctive relief against a health care provider who violates or is about to violate these provisions.

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