The current concepts of autonomy, surrogate autonomy and informed consent often lead to futile and expensive care at the ends of life. They may impinge on the dignity of the patient as well as subject society to unwarranted expense. In order to provide affordable healthcare for all, these concepts are in need of modification.
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JMF is the Lederer Professor of Pediatric Epilepsy (Emeritus), Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and faculty emeritus of the Berman Bioethics Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
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