Alan Meisel on the Right to Refuse Health Care

Professor Alan Meisel is quoted in Newsweek magazine in connection with a recent case involving judicial involvement in the efforts of the family of Daniel Hauser to refuse medical treatment for him.

"There's got to be a balancing of potential benefits against potential harm," says Alan Meisel, director for the center of bioethics and health law at the University of Pittsburgh. "In some situations you have a treatment where the likelihood of success is very small, and in situations like that, the courts are much less likely to order the treatment."

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