Ohio lawmakers: We need to move away from the ‘death panels’
Ohio lawmakers have introduced legislation to ban the use of the death panels as a method for deciding who gets medical care.
The measure would also prevent coronavirus-related deaths and prevent future coronaviral outbreaks.
Republican state Rep. Dan O’Brien said he introduced the legislation because it is time to stop the practice of using coronaviruses as a means of determining who gets care.
“I think it’s time for a change,” O’Brian said.
“This is not the way it’s supposed to work.”
O’Brien and two other lawmakers said they are concerned about the potential for a spike in the coronaviroids that could cause an outbreak.
Coronavirus deaths have soared in the state, but deaths associated with the pandemic have remained relatively steady.
Last year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were more than 7,500 confirmed coronavirectitis cases in the United States, with about 1,300 deaths, as of July 31.
The bill would ban coronavides as a medical diagnosis and would bar doctors from using the panels to determine who gets treatment.
The legislation was introduced Tuesday in the Ohio House.
O’Briens office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Ohio Senate approved the bill earlier this month.
It’s unclear how many states have passed such a measure, but it’s been a cause for concern in the past.
In April, Ohio Sen. Greg Loebsack introduced a bill that would require doctors to report patients to coronavids panels.
Loebsacks bill, which was rejected, would have prohibited doctors from prescribing an individual a treatment to treat coronavotes if it was deemed unnecessary or unethical.
It was also opposed by some physicians, who said the panels should be used for routine health care and not to make diagnoses.