Straight Up with Sherri

Friday, April 08, 2005

Uncle Sam Wants You (Not to Spend Any of that Money YOU Paid into Medicaid/Medicare)

Okay-- Maybe it's not "Uncle Sam" per se. But plenty of people having meetings and bending the ears of YOUR elected Officials!

Here's More:

Treatment Decisions for Dementia Patients:
The Search for Normative Boundaries

Issues Summary for The President's Council on Bioethics

Rebecca Dresser:

"So another reason for not giving full weight to advanced directives would be the judgment that many people actually want to give their families and doctors some flexibility at the bedside. So that would be consistent with an autonomy perspective on handling these problems."

"Now, a couple hard questions regarding this issue of how and when to treat a supervening illness in a dementia patient. These are both questions that courts have struggled with."

"One is that when you're evaluating the benefits and burdens of different medical approaches, including foregoing treatment, is it appropriate to consider not just the burdens and benefits of the treatment intervention itself? So, say, it's a feeding tube, you know, the pain involved in putting that in or any restraints that might be necessary if the patient is uncomfortable with the feeding tube."

"But is it also appropriate to consider the kind of life that a successful treatment will bring the patient? So this gets into the quality of life consideration."


  • In the natural evolution of this storyline, we will end up in the Star Chamber. It's a terrifying thought, but left unchecked, it will happen.
    See also the explanation of The English Star Chamber, where it explains: Its procedure was not according to the common law. It dispensed with the encumbrance of a jury; it could proceed on rumor alone; it could apply torture; it could inflict any penalty but death.
    The big difference is that the American version includes the death sentence!

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 1:24 AM  

  • You all use too many exclamation points.

    By Blogger Grammar god, at 12:39 PM  

  • LOL!!!!

    I also mispell and have lots of typos too!

    As RWNJ sweetly point out-- It is part of my "CHARM!!!!!"

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 12:43 PM  

  • Grammer god,
    Shouldn't that be "You all use too many exclamation points!"?

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 1:05 PM  

  • Right Wing Nut Job,

    We already have Star Chambers- the ethics committees of hospitals and hospices.

    By Blogger Sue Bob, at 2:18 PM  

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