Advance directive set to relieve rationing fears

Monday, April 6, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Hippocratic OathThe federal government is insisting that no one will face discrimination in a healthcare delivery system.

Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) tells OneNewsNow the rumors that some individuals, with or without COVID-19, could face a rationing of care because of their age or disability prompted an edict from the Trump administration.

"The Office of Civil Rights in the Health and Human Services Department came out and said to the states and to healthcare providers, 'When it comes to taking care of your patients, you may not discriminate on the basis of age or disability,'" Tobias details.

And help is available for anyone who feels they are receiving a lack of treatment.

Tobias

"If you know of someone who is being denied treatment, or that there is talk of not providing coverage for someone who has the COVID-19 virus, then call the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services and let them know," the pro-lifer relays.

NRLC has also been receiving questions about medical personnel putting "Do Not Resuscitate" orders on patient charts, even if they have advance directives that request the healthcare workers strive to keep them alive. The federal directive tells them to treat patients equally.

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