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  •  Not at all true (1+ / 0-)
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    You do not have the right to compel medical personnel to perform a procedure that is not medically indicated and is contrary to normal practice in that fact situation.

    So, for example, if I go in to get treated for strep throat, where the normal course is a throat swab and antibiotics, I do not have a right to insist on an endoscopy or MRI "just in case." Neither can I compel insertion of a feeding tube just because it hurts to swallow.

    Not a good analogy, but I can't think of a better one right now -- the point is, you only have a right to choose from among options that the medical experts believe are reasonable for your situation. You can call in a different medical expert (sometimes), but that's about the limit.

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