The Rhode Island Legislature is considering a bill that would amend the medical practice act such a physician would engage in “unprofessional conduct” for “informing a patient of their life expectancy.”
“No physician or facility or any agent thereof shall be liable for not communicating this information.” Physicians could inform patients of their life expectancy only if “the patient or their designated health care power of attorney specifically requests the physician for their opinion.”
I am not sure what the point of such a bill could possibly be. Too many patients are uninformed or under-informed. It would be far better to discipline physicians for FAILING to inform patients of their life expectancy.