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.

Consulting Physician Compliance Form

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  • 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

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