What should I ask my doctor about autopsies?

If you are living with serious illness or are simply planning ahead for your own or a loved one's future, having a frank discussion with your doctor is a good idea. Putting things into words, getting more information, and asking questions can help you get the kind of medical treatments you want.

Here are some questions to ask your doctor about autopsies:
  • What is an autopsy?
  • Why should an autopsy be done? Why is it important to families? To society?
  • Will the autopsy affect funeral plans?
  • How do I get an autopsy done?
  • Is there a charge for the autopsy?
  • How do I find out the results of the autopsy?

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