ABSTRACT Introduction “ CESSATION OF LIFE IS INEVITABLE “ ........... PROLONGING AT WHAT COST ? " LIVING WILL " Many thousands of patients are kept alive in comatose and permanently vegetative states. Have we ever considered the sufferings and pain of the patient who is not able to speak and the cost burden to their families & government . Nearly 80% of all deaths are unnecessarily prolonged, painful, expensive, and emotionally burdensome to both patients and their families . In underdeveloped countries where health care is not a part of Government system, patients and their families pay from their pocket whereas in countries like USA & Canada its taking a lot on Government & Insurance Companies. In both the situations it is a matter of concern. From the moral point of view, there are also limits to the obligation on the part of doctors to save or prolong life. There are numerous therapeutic modalities to prolong existence, but it is not just the length of life, but its quality that concerns patients and their families. When this quality can no longer be maintained, it is professionally and socially acceptable to let the dying process take its course. However “Living Will “can be a document in such situations to deal with life-sustaining medical procedures in the eventuality of the signatory’s sudden debilitation. It allows a person to execute a document that expresses his or her desire not to be kept alive through artificial or extraordinary means in the event of a terminal condition. Any person can make his or her wishes regarding life prolonging medical treatments known through this document which is also referred to as an advance directive, health care directive, or a physician’s directive. A living will is a document designed to control future health care decisions only when you become unable to make decisions and choices on your own. The document must be witnessed and notarized. Spouses, potential heirs, attending physician, or employees of health care facilities are usually not allowed to witness Living Will.
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