State Senators approve end-of-life choices bill
Updated: Tuesday, April 9 2013, 08:36 PM EDT
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Michigan State Senators have just approved new legislation that requires doctors to give more information if asked, when recommending end-of-life treatment.
Senate Bill 165--or, the Medical Good Faith Provisions Act--was passed 36-0 by Senators Tuesday.
The bill now moves on to the House.
The legislation will require "any health facility--at the patient's request--to put in writing, services that they can receive to save their life."
Most hospitals have futility policies in place, meaning further treatment wouldn't save a patient's life, but the bill suggests not all health facilities inform patients of end-of-life policies quickly.
Supporters hope amending the law will increase transparency and empower patients.
To learn more about Senate Bill 165, and read it for yourself, click here.
For a list of end-of-life choice resources, click here.