American’s have always been fighting for our own rights as citizens. So it should be prevalent the we be able to make our own end of life decisions. We have a responsibility to ourselves and our families to have a plan in order for end of life decisions. We should be the ones to decide so that everything is the way the person intended them to be.
There are a few reasons to why we should be in control of these decisions. First is that the only person to know what exactly we want is ourselves, not a doctor, close friend, relative, even spouse. They might have input onto the decisions, but only the individual at hand will know exactly what they want. Next is having a plan set in place is very beneficial for the family because you never know when a person could die, so having a plan is good to have in place so things are complicated if something unexpected to happen.
The patients and their families play crucial parts in supervising an end of life decision. They need to make the best decision possible for a just in case situation. Also if the patient was ever to be in a life-threatening situation, it’s up to the family to let people know about the patients wishes or they’ll do whatever they feel is necessary.
I do think that patients should sometimes question healthcare providers. I do believe that they always make decisions in best interest of the patient, but it might not always be what the patient wants. Some people might be better off dying, but want to keep fighting to live. That’s why I don’ t think they should be able to make decisions for the patient because they don’t know what they actually would want.
So if the doctor is making a decision that the patient does not want, then they should be questioned. It’s up to the patient to decide what he or she wants.