B2. ChallengesChallenges to the PAD bill will most likely be based around ethical and moral issues. Thechallenges will be raised during public hearing and will be raised by religious groups as well as some healthcare providers. Healthcare providers have been trained to sustain life. With the addition of PAD these healthcare workers will have to explore their moral and ethical foundations. There is an essential belief that no one should be permitted to kill intent ally. Otherchallenges will include a fear of corrupting the practice of medicine, compromising family commitments and betraying human dignity. B3. Options.Options available to the decision maker are either a) do nothing, b) make a change to the policy, or c) present the policy as written. A further discussion of these three options is listed below. The first option is to do nothing. The decision maker can read and review the policy and then decide to not act upon it and leave things are they currently are. This status-quo option will not benefit the patient and will continue to cause a decrease in patient-centered care. It is imperative that the state of Florida act on this policy in some form and make changes so that the needs of the residents of Florida are met. While it is not expected that a large number of residents will chose PAS, the option and the right to end one’s life should be available. With other states already passing this law into effect, Florida residents who chose PAS will have the option to travel across country to these other states to have a dignified death. Requiring the
POLICY, POLITICS AND HEALTH 9residents of the state of Florida who are terminally ill, to travel long distances displays a lack of compassion and a belief that there is a limit to individual autonomy.The second option is to make a change to the policy. While it is felt that the right to die with PAS should be complete and not limited by legislation, any change in the right direction will be advancement. If the policy maker chooses to change the proposal and then is able to create a bill this advancement will open the door to a more complete law regarding PAS. While a modified bill is not ideal, it is a step in the right direction.The third option to present the bill as written. In this option the policy maker will make attempts to pass the policy into law. The passing of this bill will enable patients of sound mind to make an informed decision regarding PAS and death with dignity. Once this law is passes, physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers will have the option to assist patients without thefear of legal ramifications. This will improve the level of patient-centered care in the state of Florida and will allow healthcare workers to meet the needs of their patients in all aspects of care.
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