Q7- What is the importance of legally protecting a patient’s right of decision-making?

It is a common clinical scenario that tension arouses between medical professionals, family members, and patients when making medical decision. The expressed will of patients is often seen as an act of weakness or desperation, leaving the patients underprivileged and vulnerable as people who are ill and at the same time- unheard. Patient Right to Autonomy Act stresses the importance of respecting patients’ right to decision-making, and reaching the consensus by having the medical professionals, family members, and patients sit down and discuss under the Advance Care Planning Consultation process. This will ensure the family members understand the patients’ will and help achieve his/her ideal final stages of life.