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Bioethics Committee

What is the Bioethics Committee?

The Bioethics Committee is here to support patient rights and help you, your family and your health-care team make decisions about health care. Committee members have special training in medicine and patient-care issues and will give you and your health-care team information from different points of view to help you to make health care decisions. The Committee will not make decisions for but can be a valuable resource for you and your loved ones.

Who are members of the Bioethics Committee?

Members include:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Clergy
  • Patient Representatives

Why would I call the Bioethics Committee?

Please ask for a Bioethics Consult if you have any one of the following:

1. A concern about the decisions being made about your health
2. You or your family needing to make difficult health-care decisions
3. Disagreements in health-care decisions
4. An ethical problem in your care
5. A decision is not reached after talking to your doctor

How can I get a Bioethics Consult?

There are two ways you can get in touch with the Bioethics Committee:

1. Ask your nurse or social worker to call for you.
2. Dial “0” from your in-room telephone and speak to the hospital operator.

What happens after I call a Bioethics Consult?

The ethics team will gather facts, ask questions, listen carefully and offer options to consider.

Is there a fee for a Bioethics Consult?

No. This service is free to you, your family and the staff at Palomar Medical Center.