Virginia Passes Futile Care Law
SB 222 and HB 226 have passed.
The legislation gives health care providers the right to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment without consent or even against the wishes of the patient or the patient’s designated decision maker.
The new law is virtually identical to the futile care policies and law in Texas with one exception. The Virginia law gives families the right to a court review.
“Life-sustaining treatment” is defined as “any ongoing health care that utilizes mechanical or other artificial means to sustain, restore, or supplant a spontaneous vital function, including hydration, nutrition, maintenance medication, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.” (§ 54.1-2990)
“Extreme and Outrageous End-of-Life Communication — Beyond the Bounds of Common Decency”
(Medical Futility Blog — February 2017)
“Keeping Patient Alive Can Be ‘Non-Beneficial Treatment'”
(National Review — June 29, 2016)
“Whose Life Is It Anyway”
(National Review — June 3, 2013)
“Supporters of TX ‘Futile Care’ Law Continue to Maintain the Status Quo”
(Not Dead Yet — May 10, 2011)