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  1. pat holguin Says:

    Where does one find a malpractice waiver available to give the ill control to prevent ordeals such as the one below. A choice to recover at home with one’s dearest could be the final, most important of their life. In a free society hospitals must accept, should even appreciate, a legal waiver of patient rights to file for malpractice.
    I had a long, productive career in top medical schools giving expert care to many thousand patients. At 70 now I refuse to live out my days fearing I will be denied the choice to die in my lovely home on my terms with those dearest to me.
    My family is 2 caring basenjis. I stay healthy as possible & keep them the same but was sick 2 yrs. before the last of 8 specialists found a big gallstone needing removal. For months I tried to schedule surgery in the full service hospital nearest home in case of complications. Each time I was rescheduled on short notice to ambulatory surgery several miles away.
    My friends are seniors. Those still living travel a lot, are sick, live thousands of miles away, or no longer drive. I arranged a drive home from surgery by Dial-A-Ride, a friend to stay 24 hrs. and a 3rd back-up person to both drive me and stay. I gave a note with their names and numbers to staff. Medical forms did not stipulate that the same person must be prevailed upon to both drive me AND stay over.
    Gowned, briefed & ready to be wheeled to the OR, I heard the nurse prejudicially tell my surgeon a black, homeless man was my after caregiver. This old friend lives independently. Not licensed to drive, he is far more sensible than hospital staff I met. I sheltered him in my guest room a few cold nights this winter. He was happy to offer help.
    Staff refused several times to call either caregiver or to operate, & stonewalled as to why. My vitals had checked out perfect.
    I took the bus home without cash, as they ordered, then spent the day arranging for a better surgeon to operate the next morning at my chosen hospital.
    I filed a legal Health Care Directives form in 2002. It obviously requires an addendum. Does a form exist whereby we would not be forced to endure refusing all medical treatment to achieve our goals?

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