For Consulting Physicians
The Role of the Consulting Physician
According to the End of Life Option Act, “consulting physician” means a physician who is independent from the attending physician and who is qualified by specialty or experience to make a professional diagnosis and prognosis regarding an individual’s terminal disease.
- Should be independent of attending physician
- Will confirm terminal diagnosis
- Will confirm patient is competent as regards mental capacity and no evidence of coercion exists
- Refer for mental evaluation if necessary
- Ensure that patient has completed all necessary End of Life Option Act Forms
- Consulting Physician should not be a witness to the Patient’s Request Forms
- Consulting Physician specialty should be such that they are familiar with terminal disease process
- Consulting physician cannot benefit from estate of patient or be related by marriage or blood
Do you still have questions?
We have physicians on our Board of Directors and our Advisory Committee who are ready and willing to talk with you.
Eligibility Criteria Include:
- Is a California Resident
- Is 18 years of age
- Has a terminal illness and confirmed to have 6 months or less life expectancy
- Is making an informed decision
- Has decisional capacity to make an informed decision
- Is physically and mentally capable of ingesting aid in dying medication
- Has not demonstrated undue coercion and acted of own accord
- Has submitted and signed, the witnessed written request form