Sutter Health is supportive of helping our patients explore their end-of-life options that can include palliative care, home health and hospice, and our Advanced Illness Management program. California's End of Life Option Act, which took effect in 2016, provides another choice for certain terminally ill patients who are making decisions at the end of their lives. Sutter Health respects the rights of our patients to use this option, as well as the rights of our doctors and staff who can choose to participate or not. If doctors choose not to participate, patients are free to transfer to another doctor and receive a copy of their medical records.
If you’d like to consult with a bioethics professional, please contact our Program in Medicine and Human Values.