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Should Hospitals have the right to treat patients while ignoring their religious beliefs or general beliefs.

Lately, I have been reading a lot of stories of Hospitals treating very sick kids while ignoring their parents religious beliefs. Now the question I have to the TED community is do you think this is right? I believe that Hospitals should have the right to treat the sick while ignoring people's religious beliefs. Why you may ask? Because religion has not yet caught up to science. Why would anyone want to leave their life in the hands of religion which is not proven to save your life? Compared to medical treatments which are proven to give you a better chance of living. Now I am not here to offend anyone's views or beliefs I just wanted to get some feedback on this issue. My thinking is is that once my life is endangered religion is an afterthought. Thank you


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    Nov 26 2013: In the United States, children are considered 'property' of the parents. That means that children do not have any rights to decide on medical treatments until they reach the age of accountability which is typically around 18 years of age (in some circumstances the law requires 21 years of age).

    So if a healthcare provider wishes to provide medical treatment outside of the wishes of the parents, they must remove the children from the parents via the court system. The court would award a guardian who would then make decisions for the child. All this takes a lot of money and time but is very necessary when the life of the child is at stake. However, determining the whole "life is at stake" is also difficult to do.

    So take this to the next level. What if it was your child and they had cancer. The doctors say you should have chemotherapy but you know of a child who got better with radiation. You want the radiation. The doctors say no, you have to consent to chemo for the child or they will die.

    Should the doctor step in and take your child away from you via the court system to force your child to have chemotherapy instead of radiation?

    They have to be very careful on when they decide to use this option.
    • Nov 27 2013: Right. And in recent cases that i have read about the Court has ruled in favor of the Hospitals. And thats an excellent question. Its kind of tough for me to answer that question unless im in that situation, which i never hope i am. Just because one cancer treatment works well with one child doesnt exactly mean it is going to work with my child. And part of me has to believe that the doctor is recommending the best available treatment option.
    • Nov 29 2013: Your question brings up some interesting questions. If I were the parent, a 2nd opinion would be in order if the doctors could not explain why chemo was better than radiation treatment. Some doctors do not keep up with the latest discoveries and hold on to older protocols, not necessarily bad but not the latest.

      In the question, location and type of cancer could make a difference in treatment.
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        Nov 30 2013: Of course wayne. The point is that it is always about belief. Wether you believe something will work better than something else. So it is always about belief and beliefs do not easily change. This is a matter of one belief overriding another.

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