Understanding California’s End of Life Option Act.
Overview: California has implemented the End of Life Option Act to provide aid in dying for qualifying terminally ill California residents. We present key features of the law and also answers to frequently asked questions. Please note that we are neither advocating nor opposing Physician Assisted Death.
California End of Life Option Act is a law enacted in June 2016 which allows terminally ill adults resident in the state of California to access medical aid in dying by self-administering lethal drugs, provided specific circumstances are met. The law was signed in by California governor Jerry Brown in October 2015, making California the fifth state to allow physicians to prescribe drugs to end.
The American Public Health Association (APHA) has long recognized patients’ rights to self-determination at the end of life and that for some terminally ill people, death can sometimes be preferable to any alternative. 1 These rights include patients’ ability to express their wishes in an advance directive, to appoint a surrogate to make care decisions when the patient is no longer able to.
End of Life Option Act: Frequently Asked Questions. Patients can make informed decisions about end-of-life care by exploring their options. There are many resources for those living with a terminal disease, including hospice care and palliative care. Below is information for John Muir Health patients about California’s End of Life Option Act.
Massachusetts 2017 “End of Life Options Act” (H 1194) Analysis Patterned on Oregon’s doctor-prescribed suicide law, this bill differs, in part, with that law. It creates additional loopholes that place vulnerable patients at risk and places massive burdens on health care facilities.
On June 9, 2016, the California End of Life Options Act takes effect. It legally authorizes a physician to prescribe a lethal dose of a lethal medication so that a patient can end his or her life. The law allows health care individual clinicians to opt out of the activities authorized by the law.
End-of-life policies affect patients, RNs Increased public support of patients’ rights is driving new state laws. Legal decisions about health issues and national legislation on healthcare funding could change the way care in the U.S. is accessed and funded.