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Rethinking paternalism: an exploration of responses to the Israel Patient's Rights Act 1996
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    Conflicts for Jewish patients and physicians

    The article by Waltho (1) raises some issues of concern for Jewish patients, and physicians, outside of Israel Canada is a country with a significant mix of races and religions. To the observant Jewish population, the issue of "informed refusal" presents a conflict between what is required of physicians and what religion dictates. My own experience when working in a hospital functioning on strictly observant rules did n...

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    That "Non-maleficence is not a novel concern" is precisely why it should be discussed more widely

    Many thanks to Adam J Sher for drawing my (and others') attention to this particular aspect of the IPRA's genesis. Notwithstanding that it renders my own contribution to such debates even more modest than I had at first suspected, to discover that my thoughts echoed (however belatedly!) those of such a respected individual as Rabbi Feinstein is somewhat edifying, and I would hope that most people would rather find their v...

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    Non-maleficence is not a novel consideration

    Simon Waltho is right to note that his analysis does not offer anything particularly new to this debate. Gross was not the only author to highlight the harm that the actual act of forcing a patient to receive treatment against his express wishes might cause. Before the State of Israel introduced the Israeli Patient's Rights Act in 1996, the issue of whether one could force life-saving treatment on a patient had already b...

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