How do I Access a Prescription?
To be eligible for medical aid in dying under the Hawai‘i Our Care, Our Choice Act, a person must be:
- An adult
- Terminally ill
- Given a prognosis of six months or less
- Mentally capable of making their own healthcare decisions.
In addition, a person must meet the following requirements:
- A resident of Hawai‘i
- Acting voluntarily
- Capable of self-administering the medical aid-in-dying drug.
Eligibility to use the law is not the same as eligibility for hospice.
Two Hawai‘i physicians must confirm eligibility to use the The Hawai‘i Our Care, Our Choice Act, as well as confirm that you are making an informed decision and voluntarily requesting the medical aid-in-dying medication. The attending physician prescribes the medication, and the consulting physician provides a second opinion. (An attending physician is described as a physician who has primary responsibility for care of the individual and their disease.) A patient’s mental capacity must also be confirmed by a psychiatrist, psychologist or licensed clinical social worker. This evaluation may be provided through telehealth (by phone or video).
Where Can I Learn More?
For Hawai‘i residents:
To coincide with the implementation of the Our Care, Our Choice Act, Compassion & Choices launched a series of PSAs to educate Hawai‘i residents about the law.
View them here.