Judge: ‘There Is No Right… of a Patient to Substitute One’s Judgment for a Medical Professional’

Judge: 'There Is No Right... of a Patient to Substitute One’s Judgment for a Medical Professional'

(UnitedVoice.com) – Since the beginning of the pandemic, there’s been a lot of debate about whether patients have the right to demand specific treatments for COVID-19. In many instances, doctors have refused to take requests from patients and family members into consideration. That’s what happened in Florida and a judge is in agreement.

On October 19, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge James Nutt rejected a petition from Ryan Drock asking the court to force doctors at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center to administer ivermectin to his critically ill wife, Tamara Drock. She’s currently in the ICU, on oxygen. The judge told the two parties to try to resolve the dispute among themselves.

Nutt wasn’t sure the court was the best way to handle the situation. In a brief, he stated patients do not have a right to “substitute one’s judgment for a medical professional.” He said they can’t demand a particular treatment. However, he did say he was willing to hold a hearing to find out why Drock believes his wife will benefit from the treatment that hasn’t been approved to treat COVID-19.

The Florida case isn’t the first time a court has ruled against families who want to use the drug. Supporters of the medical treatment believe individuals should have the right to try any treatment. The patients in question are usually in critical condition with little hope of survival. Shouldn’t they have the right to try to keep their loved ones alive by any means necessary?

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