Ask Congress to fund consultations between physicians and patients to discuss advance care plans.
Supporting a patient’s care decisions at the end of life is part of the family physician’s responsibility in his or her partnership with the patient. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) believes that each individual has the right to decide what medical treatment he or she will receive. This right includes decisions about what life-sustaining treatment should be provided at the end of his or her life.
The AAFP endorses end-of-life care that embodies the following principles:
AAFP Letter to House of Representaives Supporting the Personalize Your Care Act (HR 1173) - July 10, 2013(2 page PDF)
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