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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
NCBC on Pew Charitable Trust and POLST
June 15, 2017
© 2017 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center


NCBC on Pew Charitable Trust and POLST

 

The National Catholic Bioethics Center has responded to the problematic call of the Pew Charitable Trusts, with fourteen co-signing organizations, for the utilization of Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) as a tool to accomplish end-of-life care planning. The proposal contained in their letter dated February 17, 2017 violates the very informed consent purported to be advocated.  Furthermore, evidence suggests that such approaches have more to do with cost saving than the protection  of informed consent.  In fact, the very means by which costs will be saved is the premature death of a patient through the denial of basic care. See the NCBC statement.