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Lilach's reports in Newsletter on non-compliance with advanced directive

Monday, December 2, 2013

Lilach's Newsletter, recently published (unfortunately in Hebrew only - see their website), the lead article from Eliahu Matza, President of Lilach and retired Justice, was translated in English: Intensive Care for Prolonging Pain reports the problems hospitals and intensive care unit doctors sometimes still have with compliance with the Law for the Terminally Ill Patient, which clearly states

that Advance Medical Directives that forbid treatments in terminal situations.

Eliahu Matza concludes in his article "that many doctors are still confined to the old doctrine whereby their ethical obligation focusses on prolonging the lives of patients by any means available; they have not yet internalized the concept that it would be better for some patients with certain severe conditions to die than to live." 

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