New York enacts surrogate decision-making legislation for incapacitated patients

May 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/18/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 8, pE331
Academic Journal
The article offers information on the Family Health Care Decisions Act, passed in New York. The act was signed by governor David A. Paterson on March 16, 2010. This act allows the family members to make decisions on behalf of the patient who are not capable of doing so. It states that the attending physician will have to declare that the patient is no more able of making decisions. Family members or the physician can object the decision of the surrogate decision making.


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