Americans do have a responsibility and obligation to make their own health care decisions regarding end of life preferences. It is up to the person because it is his or her own life. Every person in the world as autonomy-self governance- and not using his or her autonomy is completely irresponsible. It is very important to think and plan out exactly what medical treatment you do or do not want before it becomes too late. What if you get into a car accident and you become stuck in a persistent vegetative state, with out any advance directives? Would you want a doctor making the choices you once had for you? Would that sit well with you or your family? I don’t think so. It is your own life and body; a person should be in control of every aspect of his or her life. A person has a responsibility to pick and choose what medical treatments they do or do not want. In addition, a person has a responsibility to have a clear understanding of the information that is presented to them. Also, a person has a responsibility to talk things over with their family and friends about the end of life decisions, and to make sure they do have a surrogate incase they do become deemed incompetent. If a patient becomes incompetent, it is up the surrogate or the family of that person to make sure that the patient’s medical wishes are to be followed through in the exact the patient wanted. If anything else occurs it would be because the surrogate or the family was irresponsible. The patient is not the only person responsible, but also their family or the appointed surrogate. The patient and the patient’s family should know enough to question the decisions of a healthcare provider. If they do not it would also be irresponsible. Again, every single person is in control of their own life and it is up to that person or the person’s family to make sure that their healthcare decisions are to be carried out.
“I wasn’t good with authority, went to lots of schools, didn’t like the fact that there was no autonomy.”