Who Is the Final Decision Maker Regarding Death?

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The final decision maker, it needs to be a joint decision, a shared and informed decision making is really, I think the answer to it. That includes the patient, the patient surrogate, the clinician, in this case it's often termed as a physician, a nurse, it could be a social worker, a team, those are the kinds of decisions that tend to be the best decision for the patient.

This idea of death panels is basically at this point it has become a demogargry. We're not talking about rationing care. That's the last thing on anybody's mind. What we're talking about is giving patients what they want and often times they want less treatment, not more treatment, but if they want everything.