Aid-In-Dying Policy Of Rancho Mirage-Area Hospital Creates Controversy
Eisenhower Medical Center updates its position on how doctors can assist patient to die, if they choose, following protests against the hospital's previous policy.
The Desert Sun:
Eisenhower Medical Center Updates Aid-In-Dying Policy
Eisenhower Medical Center has updated its policy on California's aid-in-dying law in a way officials there say better reflects the hospital's position that doctors can assist patients in dying if they choose, just not while at the hospital. The new policy language came days after protesters gathered outside the Rancho Mirage hospital to push for change. An advocate for doctor-assisted dying said the policy still isn't good enough because while other local hospitals allow doctors on premises to write prescriptions so patients can voluntarily end their lives, Eisenhower doctors cannot write the prescriptions while at the hospital. (Newkirk, 3/8)