Death Panel Bill SB 303,
which allows hospitals to impose "do not attempt resuscitation" (DNAR) orders against patients without their consent and even without their knowledge, was rushed through the Texas Senate today despite opposition by the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) and by virtually every other leading pro-patient group. This bill transfers power from patients and their personal physicians to hospital administration, which can then impose DNAR orders without any legal accountability.AAPS applauds the six Texas senators who opposed this bill:
Larry Taylor, Glenn Hegar, Kelly Hanock, Tommy Williams, Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton.
The Texas Hospital Association, which has opposed every bill supported by AAPS this session, pushed this death panel bill through the Texas Senate Wednesday. But the THA is less powerful in the Texas House, which is more responsive to patients.
AAPS is joining with many other groups to "score" how House members vote on this dreadful bill, for inclusion in a scorecard to educate patients and voters.
Please contact your Representative
and ask him to oppose this power grab by hospitals. HB 1444
is the House companion bill to SB 303. Patients and their families should not be victimized by DNAR orders without their consent
and even their knowledge.
You can read more information about SB 303 in our alert sent last month, copied below for your convenience