End-of-Life Choice, Palliative Care and Counseling

Stop Unwanted Medical Treatment

What You Can Do > Get Involved > Stop Unwanted Medical Treatment

Stakeholders Conference Call

Americans have a constitutionally-protected right to refuse medical treatment. Still, healthcare providers override or ignore many patients’ decisions before their deaths. This often leads to invasive and fruitless testing, unnecessary suffering, and prolonged dying.

On September 17, Compassion & Choices President Barbara Coombs Lee and Chief Program Officer Mickey MacIntyre shared our strategy to end this national tragedy on a national conference call with our best friends.

The audio is available by clicking the button below. Please note that the call may take a few moment s to download depending on the speed of your connection.



Compassion & Choices is waging a powerful campaign to combat the epidemic of unwanted medical treatment. In a patient-centered model unwanted treatment would not occur and therefore should not be paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Our campaign aims to focus providers on patients, not procedures.

Click here to learn more about our campaign to end unwanted medical treatment.


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