Disability Rights Wisconsin DRW logo(DRW), the UW Hospital, and the UW Board of Regents reached a settlement agreement in a discrimination case involving end-of-life policies when treating patients with developmental disabilities. This was after DRW filed suit in 2009 to prevent parties from denying life-sustaining medical treatment to people with developmental disabilities.

Under the agreement, the UW Hospital will change its policies to ensure that a physician dealing with end-of-life situations has the opportunity to consult with an expert in developmental disabilities. The hospital has also agreed to place a physician with developmental disabilities expertise on its ethics committee.


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