Being a Burden on Others
Jecker, Nancy S.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1993 Spring; 4(1): 16-20.
In this article I ask the following questions: How ought we to think about the various burdens medical treatment imposes on other people? Should patients themselves consider such burdens when making life and death health-care decisions? When they do, should health-care providers and others abide by patients' decisions? I will argue that reasons of justice can support patients' choices to incorporate such considerations into their personal health-care decisions. I will show that respect for patients' well-being and moral integrity can require others to honor patients' preferences made on this basis. Although my defense of these positions is general in spirit and applies to a wide range of health-care decisions, I pay particular attention to the competent patient's refusal of life-extending medical treatment.
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