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Court of Public Opinion Impact on End of Life Decision Making

Neera Bhatia, Senior Lecturer in Law at Deakin University, delivered a compelling presentation at ICCEC in Oxford this week.

Looking to the Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans cases, she demonstrated the high sophistication of their social media campaigns. More significantly, she suggested that more families will follow the model or pathway forged by these two cases.

Arguably, families have a powerful tool in shaming clinicians into complying with their demands. We have already seen numerous successful cases in the United States. Recall, among others, the Nataline Sarkisyan case from Los Angeles where CIGNA reversed a non-coverage decision.  

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