Bioethics Consultation Service - VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
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Bioethics Consultation Service

In health care, patients and families often face the difficult question of “what should be done?” The right choice for one patient may be the wrong choice for another. If you’re unsure you can ask for an ethics consultation. Ethics consultants help when there is uncertainty or conflict about the right thing to do.  Ethics consultants won’t make decisions for you, but they will help you figure out what is best for your situation.

Ethics consultants will not investigate complaints or allegations of misconduct. These are handled by the Patient Experience program.

What kind of questions can ethics consultation help answer?

My sister is too sick to make her own decisions. How should I decide?

Our family is confused and upset. We don't agree about what is the right thing to do for our brother's care. Can you help?

The treatment team has told us that dialysis could be started but we're not sure if this is what our father would want. Can you help us figure out how to decide?

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Contact Info


  • VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Contact Number(s)

  • 213-407-0515

Hours of Operation

  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week