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SLO County hospitals face a choice in state’s end of life options act
New Times

When a bill allowing terminally ill Californians access to life-ending medication was signed into law last year, supporters lauded it as a landmark step in allowing patients the right to die with dignity. But with the law set to go into effect in June, questions about individuals’ ability to access their rights under the legislation have been growing as some of California’s hospitals, including two in SLO County, have chosen to opt out of participating. Of SLO County’s four major hospitals, not one confirmed that they will allow their doctors to prescribe the life-ending medication to qualified patients under the auspices of the legislation, commonly referred to as the End of Life Options Act.