Journal of Value Inquiry 52 (1):17-24 (2018)

Jacob Sparks
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Mark Wells
Northeastern University
It is a common assumption that medical institutions may permissibly use the force of law to seek remuneration for costs incurred in medical intervention done without patient consent. In this paper, we challenge that assumption. Specifically, we claim that: Generally, when patients who lack capacity are given medical treatment without their consent, those practitioners who treated them are wrong to use legal mechanisms to secure remuneration for that treatment.
Keywords Medical Bills  Capacity  Medical Ethics
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DOI 10.1007/s10790-017-9599-4
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