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Posted on June 15, 2019 at 9:04 PM

One might have thought that healthcare surrogates have the authority to elect hospice treatment on a patient’s behalf. But apparently, not in Oregon, until January 1, 2020. 


Current law permits default surrogates to withhold or withdraw “life-sustaining  procedures” but does not specifically grant them the right to make “an election for hospice treatment.” This month, the Governor signed S.B. 178, which clarifies that surrogates do have authority to elect hospice treatment for incapacitated patients. 


The amendment defines “hospice treatment” as “treatment that focuses on palliative care, including care for acute pain and symptom management, rather than curative treatment, provided to a principal with a terminal condition.”




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